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WCHS leads the way to future
High School shows off modern Mechatronics lab
Motlow student Kendal Erickson looks over new Mechatronics equipment at WCHS. There will be an open house for the Mechatronics lab this Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the high school.
On the cutting edge of technology, Warren County High School is showcasing its state-of-the-art robotics lab.“In that classroom are seven robotic stations,” said Todd Herzog, chairman of the Business Roundtable Action Committee during a tour of the high school’s Mechatronics and robotics department. “The program allows you to completely program a robot and it allows you to access the online training.”The robots are the result of $186,590 in fundraising efforts by BRAC to benefit Mechatronics. This year the school has 29 juniors and 29 seniors taking the course.Herzog said an integrated video board that comes with the robots is something that will be used as a powerful teaching tool.“As someone is creating a program for the robot, you can look up at the board and see the robot move like it would when programmed,” Herzog said.Along with the new robot, the robotics lab has added two programmable late-model welding robots that were donated by Yorozu, saving the school systems tens of thousands of dollars.“If we had to buy them new, that would be $75,000 to $85,000,” Herzog said.