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Showing Tomorrow’s Adults the Excitement of Today's Science and Technology

June, 2019
  • QCC student Brandon Won showcases Fab Lab creations at the TouchTomorrow event.
    QCC student Brandon Won showcases Fab Lab creations at the TouchTomorrow event.
  • Associate Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology Jacob Longacre demonstrated photonics principles.
    Associate Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology Jacob Longacre demonstrated photonics principles.
  • The NAO robot shows off its dance moves.
    The NAO robot shows off its dance moves.

QCC students Brandon Won, Joyeuse Uwamahoro, Anthony Le, Alex Reno, along with Associate Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology Jacob Longacre and Professor of Computer Science Hao Loi participated in TouchTomorrow, a science, technology and robotics festival held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Mr. Won demonstrated and discussed numerous Fab Lab creations, while Mr. Le demonstrated the NAO (an autonomous, programmable humanoid robot) and Mr. Reno demonstrated how the NAO robot dances.

“I demonstrated photonics principles including stereoscopy and polarization for 3D imaging, and infrared light applications,” Mr. Longacre said.

Mr. Longacre also spent some time taking part in a photonics LEAP facility tour with WPI. The LEAP facility is an AIM Photonics Academy Lab for Education & Application Prototypes and is the second one in the Commonwealth. The facility is a collaboration between AIM Photonics, AIM Academy, QCC, WPI, the Mass Tech Collaborative through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), and the Department of Defense. It was developed to foster photonics education, research, and workforce development that will meet the needs of the industry now and in the future. 

The family-friendly event offered hands-on activities and demonstrations designed to introduce the younger generation to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and robotics. This is the second year that QCC has participated.

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