The Innovation Center Aquatic Robotics Team (ICART) began in February 2016 when researchers at Denver Zoo approached SVVSD about having a group of students build and test an Open ROV 2.8 submarine drone as part of an ongoing conservation and research program. Since its inception, ICART has worked on several aquatic robotics projects and has provided its student project members with paid and volunteer opportunities to participate in engineering projects for real-world clients.
To expand the program’s reach as well as build a talent pipeline for the project teams, ICART has launched a middle school intern program. The new program engages younger students with dynamic and authentic STEM learning experiences, exposes them to the projects the IC high school students are working on, and builds their core engineering and computer science skills so that when they are ready to join an active project team they will have the capability to do advanced work.
The sixteen 2018-19 ICART interns were nominated and selected from SVVSD middle schools for their interest in and aptitude for robotics and design. The group is mentored by a mix of SVVSD staff and volunteer subject matter experts, and meets twice per month at the Innovation Center to work on mini-projects ranging from coding and CAD design to fabrication and project management.
Congrtulations to Beth Lonsinger and Maryn Perschon who are representing EMS on the ICART Team this year!