The School News Network ran the story “Bomb-defusing robot gets tweaked at Tech Center mechatronics lab.” The story focuses on the work of Rockford, Michigan high school senior Jared Rathburn, who is planning to attend Michigan Tech to major in mechanical engineering.
Bomb-defusing robot gets tweaked at Tech Center mechatronics lab
It’s not your average high school shop project. At the Kent Career Tech Center mechatronics lab, senior Jared Rathburn is modifying a bomb-defusing robot.
About the size of a backpack, the rubber-treaded “Packbot” is able to scoot across a room or field, open a door and pick up an object with a hand-sized claw.
The Rockford High School student spends a couple of hours most afternoons learning advanced robotics skills at the mechatronics lab.
After graduation, Jared says he is headed to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.