Royalston students learn about electrical engineering

  • Sixth grade students from Royalston Community School last month visited the M5 Robotics Lab, College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. From left to right, first row: Jackson Pisani, Deven Parenteau, Dakota Fitzpatrick, and Camden Hopkins. Second row, left to right: Ben Sonnabend, Cody Canfield, Jackson Phelps, Cooper Sonnabend, Autumn Davis, Aubrielle Brockney, and Allison Hadmack. Third row, left to right: Brian Snell, RCS 6th grade teacher, Landon Collins, Timothy Gerry, Professor T. Baird Soules, Cassidy Cochran, Ava Basso, and Bradley Warner. Fourth row, left to right: Alexander Hebert, Dominic Maynard, Chance Parsons, Andrew LaPointe, Jeremy Paradie, Manager of the M5 Robotics Lab, Gabriella Linskey, and Rachel Schwab, RCS Guidance Counselor. —Contributed Photo

Published: 6/19/2019 9:40:23 PM
Modified: 6/19/2019 9:40:15 PM

ROYALSTON – The 6th grade class from Royalston Community School recently visited the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for a full day of lessons about electric engineering and tours with various professors and staff members as part of the College to Career Classroom Guidance lessons created by Rachel Schwab, guidance counselor for the Royalston school.

Professor T. Baird Soules taught the students about the creation of circuits. Each student created a complete circuit and took home a blue LED “light box” from the lesson.

The students toured the 911 Call Center, the jail cells, and received instruction from an officer from the UMASS Police Mounted and Motorcycle units, and were shown the Mullins Center, the Champions Basketball Center and had lunch on campus in the Blue Wall cafeteria. They also visited the John W. Olver Design Building constructed almost entirely of cross laminated timber and concrete composite floors.

Chaperones were Brian Snell, 6th grade teacher, Jennifer Sonnabend, paraprofessional, Jason Lapointe, Merrifield Bus Company driver, and parent chaperones Thomas Gerry, Dawn Pisani and Chris Fitzpatrick.

Each year Schwab presents career lessons to students from kindergarten through sixth grade, collaborating with professors and staff at the college to set up hands-on lessons and campus tours.

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