Girls Leadership Academy Secures Grant For Robotics Club

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Robotics Club at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy received a nice surprise on Friday when they entered the gym during the scheduled club time. They met their newest challenge: the construction and operation of an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle.

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and managed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation, SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program that equips students and teachers with the materials they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Each kit, valued at $155, contains all the parts required to build a functional underwater ROV. As they build, students increase their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Hands-on educational tools such as these SeaPerch kits will reinforce what CGLA students learn in their STEM classes and will give them a glimpse at what they could do in various STEM careers after graduating from college.

“I knew this would be a good midlevel project for the club,” said Mr. Bagby, Technology Instructor at CGLA. “SeaPerch teaches basics of circuitry, moving parts, and control systems. It will be good for the students to have a functional understanding of these concepts before we participate in the FIRST Robotics competition in January.”

After learning about the SeaPerch program at the end of last year, Mr. Bagby knew his Robotics Club would enjoy this new challenge. Over the summer he wrote a grant application to the Office of Naval Research explaining the club’s limited funding and his desire to provide his students with the opportunity to build an ROV. The ONR and SeaPerch Program were more than happy to assist the CGLA Robotics Club, providing the club with ten SeaPerch kits and one teacher tool kit. It is already evident that the girls will be building much more than ROVs this semester. 

Lee University Food Bank Receives Grant From Food Lion

Food Lion awarded a $5,000 grant to Lee University’s Food Bank.  A group of representatives from Food Lion and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank visited the university to volunteer on campus for the day.  As part of its “Feed Great Pantry Makeover” initiative, Food Lion contacted the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for recommendations for the grant. After being considered with ... (click for more)

Belvoir Christian Academy Holds Fall Festival

Belvoir Christian Academy held its Fall Festival to help raise funds for its Parent-Teacher League. The event has been an annual tradition in the community for over 60 years and helps the parent group purchase "Teacher Wish List" items for classrooms as well as update technology within the school.  The event included a variety of games and crafts as well as vendors, ... (click for more)

Man, 25, Shot While Riding In Car In Brainerd On Friday Night

A 25-year-old man was shot while riding in a car in Brainerd on Friday night. Police said Anthony Amey had non-life threatening injuries. At approximately 9:20 p.m., Chattanooga Police were notified of a gunshot wound victim being treated at a local hospital. Of ficers found that the shooting occurred at 500 South Germantown Road. T he victim stated he ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Voice In Memphis

Tennessee got quite a peek at its political barometer Thursday night in Memphis when A.C. Wharton, a once-popular black leader who has been Mayor since 2009, was thoroughly trounced by Jim Strickland, currently on the City Council. Strickland, a white Democrat, may be the first step in bringing the now much-maligned West Tennessee city back to hope and reality. What no one can believe ... (click for more)