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MU Robotics reaches out to local youth

A group of students looks at robots on a table.

MU Robotics President Marcos Ehinger said MU Robotics hopes to have planted seeds that will help these scouts grow into future engineers. Photo courtesy of MU Robotics.

Building interest in science, technology, math and engineering in young students is a key focal point in education in the U.S. of late. MU Robotics did its part to help further that mission by hosting a group of Boy Scouts from nearby Fulton, Mo. Recently and showing them just what robotics is all about.

MU Robotics has been around since 2013, and their goal is not only to learn more about robotics and build robots for competition, but also to help build interest in robotics. MU Robotics President Marcos Ehinger said that the group’s faculty adviser, Gui DeSouza, reached out to them with this latest opportunity.

“We talked to them about robotics competitions, what our club does, and we showed them the bot that we most recently built,” he explained. “We gave them a live demo.”

Ehinger said he expected some interest from the scouts, leaders and families in attendance, but he was pleasantly surprised at just how enthusiastic the scouts were about robotics.

“It was cool. They were all really engaged in it, which I wasn’t expecting, really,” he said. “We really enjoyed talking to them about it all.”

Outreach is a key element for many student organizations, and Ehinger said MU Robotics hopes to have planted seeds that will help these scouts grow into future engineers.

“IT was really cool to see that this was something they wanted to do,” he recalled. “When I was younger, it would’ve been cool to me if someone from the college came and said, ‘Hey, this is how you build a robot, and you can do it, too.’”