July 15, 2005

Students attend SIUC's robotics camp

by K.C. Jaehnig

(EDITORS: Note local names listed below by hometown. For your convenience, we have left space at the beginning of the second paragraph where you may copy and paste local names.)

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Sixteen youths attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale's robotics camp, held June 20-23.

Each student learned basic electronics and programming skills by assembling and writing code for his own small-scale robot.

Martin A. Hebel, an assistant professor of information management systems in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, directs the camp, now in its third year. Parallax Inc., a microcontroller manufacturer based in Rocklin, Calif., contributed the robotics kits.

Offering educational camps is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Camp participants, listed by hometown, were:

Anna

• Brandon M. Wild, an eighth-grader and the son of David and Lori Wild (515 Casper Church Road). (Photo 4)

Broughton

• Corey R. Christer, a Galatia Junior High School student and the son of George E. and Melody Odle (P.O. box listing). (Photo 4)

Carbondale

• Patrick A. Bobell, an eighth-grader at Giant City School and the son of David A. and Jennifer R. Bobell (1350 W. No Name Road). (Photo 1)

• Michael P. Coffman, an eighth-grader at Carbondale Middle School and the son of Michael G. and Marsha A. Coffman (2717 W. Kent Drive). (Photo 1)

• Nikolas N. Owen, a seventh-grader at Unity Point School and the son of Danie P. Owen and Lillian Vucinic (669 Union Hill Road). (Photo 1)

• Luther E.H. Penny, an eighth-grader at Giant City School and the son of Paul R. and MeLissa L. Obermiller (2 Atlanta Road). (Photo 2)

• Louis D. Ramirez, an eighth-grader at Carbondale Middle School and the son of Daniel and Lucy Ramirez (2915 W. Alveria Drive). (Photo 2)

• Seth Richardson, a seventh-grader at Marion Junior High School and the son of James S. and Stepheni Richardson (608 Surrey). (Photo 2)

• Jasjaap S. Sidhu, an eighth-grader at Carbondale Middle School and the son of Jaswant S. and Nonie S. Sidhu (11 Pine Lake Drive). (Photo 1)

Creal Springs

• Bryan N. Gross, a seventh-grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Herrin and the son of Nathan L. and Laurie Gross. (Photo 3)

Du Quoin

• Richard D. Pigg, a 10th-grader at Christian Fellowship School and the son of Ron D. and Terri L. Pigg (707 Spring Lane). (Photo 4)

Freeman Spur

• Jacob M. McClure, who will be a seventh-grader in Herrin, is the son of Michael E. and Karin L. McClure (604 Berry St.). (Photo 3)

Marion

• Kristopher R. Boomer, a seventh-grader at Marion Junior High School and the son of Billy J. Boomer and Samantha Boomer. (Photo 3)

Murphysboro

• Samuel H. Chapa, a seventh-grader at Murphysboro Middle School and the son of Mr. And Mrs. Heriberto Chapa (2027 Division St.). (Photo 2)

O'Fallon

• Alan M. Franklin, a seventh-grader at Edward A. Fulton Junior High School and the son of Jeffrey F. and Belle S. Woodward (744 Shamrock Drive). (Photo 4)

Pittsburg

• Shon R. Thomas, a seventh-grader and the son of Tim D. Thomas and Wendy Dudly. (Photo 3)

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Robotics Group 1

Dawgzooka and pups — Boys attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual robotics camp June 20-23 compare the microcontrollers they are assembling with a different breed of ‘bot: Dawgzooka, a high-powered, radio-controlled paintball gun designed by SIUC students to shoot giveaway T-shirts into the arena at home basketball games.

(Caption #1: Holding their mini-‘bots are Carbondale campers (from left) Patrick A. Bobell, Michael P. Coffman, Nikolas N. Owen and Jasjaap S. Sidhu.)

Robotics Group 2

Dawged pursuits— Robotics campers gather round Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dawgzooka, a high-powered, radio-controlled paintball gun designed by SIUC students to shoot giveaway T-shirts into the arena at home basketball games.

(Caption #2: Pictured are (from left): Carbondale residents Luther E. H. Penny, Louis D. Ramirez, Seth Richardson and Samuel H. Chapa of Murphysboro.)

Robotics Group 3

Dawgzooka and pups — Boys attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual robotics camp June 20-23 compare the microcontrollers they are assembling with a different breed of ‘bot: Dawgzooka, a high-powered, radio-controlled paintball gun designed by SIUC students to shoot giveaway T-shirts into the arena at home basketball games.

(Caption #3: Holding their mini-‘bots are (from left) Kristopher R. Boomer of Marion, Bryan N. Gross of Creal Springs, Jacob M. McClure of Freeman Spur and Shon R. Thomas of Pittsburg.)

Robotics Group 4

Dawgzooka and pups — Boys attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual robotics camp June 20-23 compare the microcontrollers they are assembling with a different breed of ‘bot: Dawgzooka, a high-powered, radio-controlled paintball gun designed by SIUC students to shoot giveaway T-shirts into the arena at home basketball games.

(Caption #4: Holding their mini-‘bots are (from left) Corey R. Christer of Broughton, Richard D. Pigg of Du Quoin, Brandon M. Wild of Anna and Alan M. Franklin of O’Fallon.)