Pontotoc to host battlefield robotic vehicle demo

By Pontotoc Progress

PONTOTOC – Local students and the public can take a firsthand look at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Robotics Program during events this week.
Two military teams, including one from Selfridge, Mich., and a second from Camp Shelby, will visit classes at all three Pontotoc County schools and demonstrate the latest robotics technology in battlefield ground robotic vehicles.
The Robotic Systems Joint Project Office team, spearheaded by trainer Dana E. Yowchuang, will visit classes at South Pontotoc Attendance Center on Monday, North Pontotoc on Tuesday and Pontotoc City School on Wednesday.
The Science Technology Engineering Math classes at each school will host hands-on demonstrations for children from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Numerous robotic vehicles, including Talons, FasTacs and Mini-EOD’s will be on hand.
“We’re going to teach them about the systems, break them open to see the inner workings and have hands-on operation with them going through a series of obstacle courses,” Yowchuang said.
“There are jobs out there for people in this field and the more the students can learn about the advancement in technologies, the better prepared they will be for what is to come in the workforce,” she added.
In addition to visiting the schools, the teams will give presentations and demonstrations to the public at the Pontotoc National Guard Armory on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. The programs are free.