Development of the Profession

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3Update on the Robotics Team at Davidson Elementary School 

Last year the Piedmont-Carolina Senior Group donated $750.00 to purchase kits to be used in a Robotics Team for Davidson Elementary School. We requested that Engineers from Ingersoll-Rand in Davidson get involved. Below is a recent email bringing us up to date on their program.

Hello Bob, Steve, and Andy,

First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you for all you (and other employees at IR) have done to help launch robotics at Davidson. The kids love it and they are learning a lot. We have moved into more intermediate programming (which involves re-design of their robot as well), and it’s been a struggle — but in a good way. They have learned that things will not always work on the first try. Or second. Or third. 🙂 Your generosity has been amazing and I think Fridays are the highlight of the week for both myself and the kids.

We are also designing t-shirts for the CMS competition (to be held at the end of May or beginning of June) that include references to ASME and IR for their investment in DES’s team. I am hoping to get some press for the CMS competition (and our participation).

Feel free to let me know if there’s anything we can do for you, or if you have any questions and/or interest in launching things.


Amber Stokes, NBCT, MEd – Gifted Education CMS TD Catalyst Teacher

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The Piedmont-Carolina ASME Senior Group is dedicated to the development of the Engineering profession. To that end, we support The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and their branch of their Youth Engineering Summer Program in Charlotte.

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) has accepted a proposal to open a branch of their Youth Engineering Summer Program in Charlotte. Queens University of Charlotte has agreed to house the program in the Rogers Hall building. Engineering Camp has existed in Raleigh since 1999. Known locally as Engineering Camp Charlotte, the day camp will be open to kids in rising grades 3-8 and will run four separate weeks in July. Each week, kids will engage in at least 10 engineering design challenges that relate to multiple fields of engineering. Every year, NCSU changes the curriculum, so no experience is ever the same.

Each week the day camp will run Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Children will be grouped by age. Tuition is $350 per week and includes everything, even lunch. There is a huge demand for this program, (last year NCSU received 2,200 applications for 1,084 spots).

Interested families are asked to complete an application for admission. The online application requires that students write a paragraph explaining why they want to attend the program and parents write a paragraph explaining why their child would benefit from the program. The application process for Engineering Camp Charlotte opens on January 6, 2015 and ends on March 7, 2015.

Our ASME Group has donated a fund to be used for enrollment fees for those who may assistance in the enrollment cost. On February 20th at our Dinner Event in celebration of National Engineers Week a check was presented to the Carr Hughes the Engineering Camp Charlotte. 

Below is a description on a visit to the camp in 2014

One Week in July 2014


Engineering Camp Charlotte’s 2014 Enrollment Process filled up quickly. This is the first year for the program held at Queen’s University in Rogers Hall. Elementary and middle school students made up the attendees for the camps held weekly during July this year. Students from NCSU and local High School Students were the leaders of these excited younger students. All of the projects worked on were based on math, science, technology that are applicable to today’s life styles

My schedule allowed me to make a trip on Thursday, July 17th in the a.m. schedule time. “Carr” Hughes showed me around the entire camp, introduced me to the College, High School Students and her staff. Watching her move around talking to the kids, staff was like observing a Program Manager while they manage the Project Managers in a large corporation. Cellphone in one hand, a walkie talkie in the other and a mind that never was in neutral. We toured different rooms, labs and watched several projects in process including an “Egg Crash Gravity Car” where the students are given a mobile platform which they must then modify with safety equipment, release it at the top of a 1×6 elevated board to roll down into a concrete cinder block without the egg either falling out, being injected or rolling off of the board. Balloons attached to the front made up the bumper system, cotton balls packed into the interior around the egg made up the safety system. These vehicles are open air convertibles so no doors, glass, roof. You can imagine the excitement with one team pitted against another.

They also designed using the new technology 3D with printers donated by the corporation who invented the technology. There were hydraulic arms made up of rubber bands, plastics components, vinyl tubing, foam and wood sticks. A “hex bug” matrix’s were on display created by the students. Raspberry PI Model B computers were in one of the computer labs the students worked on. Nanotechnology is another part of the camp. All of the above evolved around the Engineering Design Concept of “Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve”. The challenges were addressed by teaching the students to do Systems Thinking, inject Optimism, Communicate with one another, take into consideration Ethical Considerations, Collaborate with one another and use Creativity.

Some of the attendees came from as far away from Charlotte as Monroe, Davidson with one student who is visiting Grandmother from Columbia, S.C. and Grand mom wanted her to be exposed to the camp. Our future is in the type of minds and hands I saw Thursday. For one, I’m not worried at all, rather excited about what these guys will do next.