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NAVAIR Engineer Helps Maryland Youth Discover Career Paths Through Robotics

By Lisa Rendzio, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) communications The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems Program Office (PMA-234) Test and Evaluation Lead escorted a team of students, known as the Bot Brigade Quartic, to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Chesapeake Regional Championships, in Hampton, Virginia, where they won first place for their video submission for the Promote Award, Apr. 9 and 10. Dan Ensminger has used his enthusiasm for engineering and program acquisition experience to lead 29 local youth robotics teams over the past 14 years. “We are developing the next generation of problem-solvers through practical applications in a fun environment, and I am so proud of what these students are able to learn and accomplish,” said Ensminger. He became interested in building robots after learning about the LEGO Mindstorm robot kits.  While researching ways to make the kit more fun for his three kids, he stumbled across the FIRST Lego League website. The organization fosters a hands-on approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning and has organized competitions. Ensminger saw that the deadline for registering teams for the FIRST Lego League (FLL) was only three days away and since that did not give […]

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