EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY COLLIDE Annual Showcase Puts Spotlight on Student's Innovation

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Imagine being able to lounge on the deck on a summer day and mow the lawn - using a remote-controlled mower. Or, how about charging your smartphone using a battery circuit in an Altoids box. Students in Eric Baird's robotics class at North High School are working on those projects and many others. Baird - who is among 25 Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. teachers taking part in Friday's Public Education Foundation Technology Showcase - said his students are showing what can happen when technology and education collide.

North students Drew Greenhaw and Matt Bush, who are working on the lawn mower for their senior project, both say they are learning toward studying science and technology fields - although Greenhaw said he might opt for chemistry rather than engineering.

They are working on trying to get the remote-controlled device to go longer distances for longer periods. "That's the point - to be able to sit on the couch (while mowing)," Greenhaw said. Juniors Landon Smith and Brett Millikan are working on the portable cellphone charger. It can power a phone to about 10 percent capacity using two AA batteries. "It's about 100 minutes of talking time. It's good for emergencies," Smith said.

Other students in Baird's class are working on projects for the Sea Perch underwater robotics competitions. Senior Tyler Mayer would rather do work like that than from a textbook.

"I like working with my hands," he said.

At Friday's Technology Showcase, from 4:30 to 7:30 p. …


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