August 14, 2016

Franklin Home Page
by Corey Little

Nearly 50 Williamson County students were among a group of budding engineers working with today’s robot technology at Lipscomb University’s BisonBot Robotic Camps, sponsored by Nissan North America.

This summer, Lipscomb and Nissan offered six weeks of the popular summer BisonBot Robotics Camps including its WeeBots Robotics camp for kids ages 6-8, two Junior BisonBot Robotics camps for kids ages 8-11, two Fundamental BisonBot Robotics camps for kids ages 10-14 and the Advanced BisonBot camp for kids ages 12 and up.

Williamson County students participating:

Fundamentals BisonBot Robotics camp:

1.    Min-jae Bae – fourth grader at Crockett Elementary
2.    Rachel Bowling – fourth grader at the Oak Hill School
3.    Jasmyne Gosnell – fourth grader at the Lipscomb Academy Elementary
4.    Alec Hudson – fifth grader at the Kenrose Elementary
5.    Alima Kassim – fourth grader
6.    Abbie O’Cull – fourth grader at the University School of Nashville
7.    Montserrat Spielmann – third grader at Lipscomb Elementary
8.    Will Hawkins – seventh grader at Sunset Middle
9.    Natalie Bobo – sixth grader at Hillsboro Elementary
10.  Kaitlyn Brown – fourth grader at Poplar Grove Elementary
11.  Brennan Day – fifth grader at Clovercroft Elementary
12.  Merissa Smalley – fifth grader at Clovercroft Elementary

WeeBots:

1.    Cannon Breedlove – kindergartener
2.    Isaac Brown – first grader at Lipscomb Academy
3.    Nova Collins – first grader at Edmondson Elementary
4.    Etash Dubey – kindergartener at Edmondson Elementary
5.    Gemma Estrada – kindergartener at Franklin Road Academy
6.    Myesha Jain – kindergartener at Montessori School of Franklin
7.    Taj Rahman – kindergartener
8.    Micah Schul – kindergartener at Lipscomb Academy
9.    Abbie Vergne – second grader at Clovercroft Elementary

Junior BisonBot (Session I):

1.    Estrada Giancarlo – second grader at Franklin Road Academy
2.    Luke Jackson – third grader at Lipscomb Academy Elementary
3.    Amir Rahman – third grader at Edmondson Elementary
4.    Jake Nguyen – second grader at Franklin Road Academy
5.    John Mitchell – third grader at Trinity Elementary
6.    Prithvi Patil – second grader at Kenrose Elementary
7.    Nathan Simpson – third grader at Trinity Elementary
8.    Elliott Worley – second grader at Allendale Elementary

Junior BisonBot (Session II):

1.    Jackson Gaw – fourth grader at Lipscomb Academy Elementary
2.    Zoe O’Cull – second grader at Lipscomb Academy Elementary
3.    Cade Pedersen – fourth grader at Lipscomb Academy Elementary
4.    Wilkes Hewitt – third grader at Battle Ground Academy
5.    Gavin Smith – fourth grader at College Grove Elementary
6.    Vaughn Manning – third grader at Franklin Elementary
7.    Aaliyah Rupert – second grader at Winstead Elementary
8.    Cheyenne Rupert – fifth grader at Winstead Elementary
9.    Brayden Atwood – first grader at Trinity Elementary

Advanced:

1.    Kaylee Bae – sixth grader at Woodland Middle
2.    Will Dawson – sixth grader at Brentwood Middle
3.    Garrett Goodrum – sixth grader at Christ the King Catholic School
4.    Rohan Jaisinghani – eighth grader at Woodland Middle
5.    Diego Spielmann – sixth grader at Brentwood Middle
6.    Anna Sullivan – seventh grader at Lipscomb Academy Middle
7.    Andrew Brown – sixth grader at Poplar Grove Elementary
8.    Ethan Goldiez – sixth grader at Hillsboro Elementary
9.    Evan Mandley – sixth grader at Page Middle
10.  Michael Washburn – sixth grader at Hunters Bend Elementary
11.  Maddie Hand – seventh grader at Lipscomb Academy Middle

“For 10 years, Lipscomb and Nissan have teamed up to provide an environment to engage and inspire future engineers and problem solvers through our BisonBot robotics camps,” said Ginger Reasonover, co-director of the BisonBot Robotics Camps and hands-on science coordinator at Lipscomb Academy. “Each camp incorporates important STEM concepts which are used so heavily in today’s technology. It’s fun for campers to realize how science, technology, engineering and math concepts all work together and how they are all used to make robots used in surgeries, cars, factories and so many places today.

Ten years ago, Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, in partnership with Nissan North America, began a robotics camp for a couple dozen middle schoolers. The hands-on style proved popular with tinkering youngsters, and this year six Lipscomb/Nissan BisonBot Camps are being offered for students in grades K-12 with more than 120 campers expected to participate.

Since 2010, Nissan has donated nearly $350,000 to fund Lipscomb’s summer BisonBot Robotic Camps and the annual Music City BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition. The partnership adds value and expertise to each camp as Nissan provides engineers to help teach during the six sessions.

“Nissan is committed to supporting educational programs such as the robotics camps and competitions, because they help launch a new generation of engineers, scientists and problem solvers,” said Vicki Smith, Nissan’s senior manager of corporate social responsibility. “We hope that students come away from these events with a set of skills that will set them up for success for any educational paths they may pursue.”