R.E.S.T. reaches out to middle school students


Chelsea Bacci

The students from Roseville Middle School interacted with many different types of robots during outreach day, including one that could play retro video games.

At RHS, there is a club for almost anybody. From Book Club to Photography Club, it is not hard to find an after school activity to join. One club offered is R.E.S.T. (Roseville Engineering Science Technology) Club. Ran by science teachers Bob Smitka and Bethany Allen, this club allows students to design, build, and code their own robots. R.E.S.T. is split into three groups, U.R.O.V. (Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle, R.C. (Remote Controlled) Vehicle, and Autonomous. Every year, the club visits Roseville Middle School to show incoming freshmen what it is like to be in R.E.S.T.

This year’s outreach day, held on March 28, included lots of hands-on experiences for the middle schoolers. They were able to build a U.R.O.V. out of straws, play the piano on bananas, drive the R.C. car, play games with the autonomous vehicle, and more. Throughout their time in the library, the students were encouraged to experiment, explore, and learn.

“It was exciting to see aspiring middle school students get ecstatic over technology and having the drive to learn about devices that are used everyday,” senior Jason Sedluk said.

For the sub-groups of R.E.S.T., outreach day helps them during their competitions. For all three groups, it is required that they talk to the community about the club. U.R.O.V. has a competition on April 13, so this outreach day was vital to get them as many points are possible.

“As of now, the middle school really doesn’t have a technology program like we do. In most cases, this is their first exposure to robotics or engineering, so getting these kids excited about a possible path they can take is one of my favorite parts about being at outreach,” junior Marissa Hedrick said.

Reaching out to the community as a club is a great experience for not only the outsiders, but the club members as well. By going to the middle school, the club opened the door to a career path that the students may have not known about. The club members also learned how to teach to an audience and how to make learning fun.