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Ritchie School Communications Team

High school students at DU

On Tuesday, October 13th, thirteen 9th grade students from the Denver School of Innovation & Sustainable Design’s robotics and computer science elective classes came to the DU campus and the Ritchie School to get a glimpse of the college experience.Following a tour of campus led by third year MME student, Taylor Powell, focusing on the STEM buildings on South campus, the students met in the

With only a very short time to instruct, Dr. Susanne Sherba, Teaching Associate Professor in Computer Science, taught the group some basic programming utilizing the Scratch programming language. The students were able to pick a sprite and make it move, and then draw some simple shapes all in a matter of minutes. Dr. Sherba was assisted by CS students, Sam Kern, Nikita Kataria, Sneha Sawlani, and Tom Hamill.

Dr. Mohammad Mahoor, Associate Professor in Electrical and ComputerEngineering, with the assistance of his Graduate Research Assistant, Howard Feng, then demonstrated the Nao robot that they use in their research with robots and autistic children. The human-like actions (including a dance routine) was enthralling to the group.

High school students in DU class

Dr. Matthew Rutherford, Associate Professor in Computer Science, then brought a small unmanned self-leveling landing platform for UAVs developed at the DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute ( for the group to see. After demonstrating the programming that went into the manipulation of the platform, with the assistance of his GTA, Tom Hamill, Dr. Rutherford invited the group in for a close look at the engineering and mechanics of the craft. As a joint project that involved the fields of computer science, and mechatronic systems engineering, it was a great way to cap a very informative afternoon.