Honors Engineering Students Build a Robotic Hand

Posted on April 12, 2017  in  [ GCU Experience ]

In the Grand Canyon University Honors College, there are many opportunities to grow and expand your knowledge of your degree program. Destiny Woods and I are both engineering students who decided to get involved during our first semester.

One day we received an email about a workshop hosted by the Honors College that was specific to engineering majors – We were going to build a robotic hand! We both knew this was an opportunity we did not want to pass up. Robots + Pizza = An Engineer’s Dream!

Destiny described the two-day process: “The kits provided to us had the parts needed to construct the hands, including an instructional packet. We were in teams of 3-5 and split up the tasks into construction of the hand and wiring of the breadboard. At the end of the first day, we were able to finish the hand and get the breadboard wired halfway to completion. On the second day, we finalized the breadboard and loaded the code to the microcontroller.”

To add, I would say most of the time we spent during the day was problem-solving. We would have the hand put together, realize we missed a step and then have to take it apart again – this happened at least five times.

This alone taught me a lot about my degree. I realized that patience and details are extremely important. In my field of study, there are no quick fixes.

Destiny voiced a thought that I had not considered, “I did not realize how the different engineering majors work together to meet a final goal.” Now that I think about it, in our group, there were three different types of engineering students: electrical, biomedical and general. I can get my degree in electrical engineering and be working with engineers in all different types of fields, as well as people with different majors! This made me realize that one of the most important things that I need to learn is efficient and effective communication skills.

Destiny said, “My favorite part was the teamwork and seeing how separate teams came together to finish their own robotic hand by helping each other. I also liked seeing the final products like a reward for the hard work our group put in.”

GCU is proud to offer STEM programs that help students gain hands-on experience in their fields. To learn more, visit our website or contact us today using the green Request More Information button at the top of the page.

S. Jordan Montgomery

Jordan Montgomery is a sophomore in the Honors College at Grand Canyon University. She is majoring in electrical engineering and hopes to get her master’s degree in either business or engineering. When she graduates, she hopes to work as a chief operating officer for an engineering company. In the meantime, Jordan works for marketing and PR, and as a facilitator for the Engineering Retention Program in the Honors College. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys reading, hiking mountains and traveling around the world.

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