Young minds were opened at Swansboro High School, as students
spent time with the Marines and their robots. Marines with Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, visited
Swansboro High School to work with and help inspire students on the
school's robotics team in Swansboro, North Carolina on November 17,
November 17, 2016 - U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Lohmann teaches a class about
the robots that Marines use during a robotics demonstration at
Swansboro High School in Swansboro, NC. Explosive ordnance disposal
technician Marines gave demonstrations to the Swansboro High School
Robotics Team to give them ideas for their upcoming competition
while strengthening the community relationship. Lohmann is a team
leader with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd Marine
Logistics Group, at Camp Lejeune, NC. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Clemente Garcia)
For the past three years, Daniel L. Lohmann, a team
leader with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, has been
coming to the school with other Marines from the unit to
teach the students about robotics.
Each year in January, the school's robotics team starts preparing
for a robotics competition that takes place in the spring. The
Marines visit this year will help the students prepare for the
“We're trying to give them some ideas and get
their minds flowing to give them a foundation that they can start
with for the upcoming competition,” said Lohmann.
gave students an opportunity to see the practical application of the
MK2 Talon, 310 SUGV System and MK 1 PackBot robots.
Marines brought the three robots into the classroom where they
taught the students about the capabilities and limitations of each
one. The Marines taught the students that each robot served a
purpose, but also has its setbacks.
Cristina A. Colom, a
member of the Swansboro High School Robotics Team, said she learned
to consider the battery life of a robot while also keeping the
weight of it in mind.
After the classroom instruction, the
Marines gave demonstrations of the robots working through obstacle
courses by moving over objects or picking them up.
November 17, 2016 - Marines remote control an MK-2 Talon robot
during a demonstration for the Swansboro High School Robotics Team
in Swansboro, NC. The Marines displayed three of their robots to
students during a community relation event to inspire the students'
creativity through robotics. The Marines are explosive ordnance
disposal technicians with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd
Marine Logistics Group. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Clemente Garcia)
give them an idea of what's feasible, and what's not, with their
robots,” said Lohmann.
Students looked to the Marines for
knowledge and wisdom about how to overcome obstacles that they may
face during the competition. The Marines inspired the students to
creative by sharing stories of adapting and overcoming with the
robots that they had.
Once the demonstrations were over, each
student had an opportunity drive a robot.
“Were trying to
give them some hands on experience for when they build their
robots,” Staff Sgt. Malachi W. McPherson, an Explosive Ordinance
Disposal Technician. “It's always good to get out and show different
people in the community what we do and build relationships.”
By U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Clemente Garcia
The U.S. Marines
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