Afrikaanse word of the week: Bra/bru – If you want to call someone your friend for example. “Hey my bru; Bra what are we doing tonight?”
Some might only see Montgomery College as a starting point to get into a university or an easy way to get a degree, but it is so much more. The Macklin Business Institute or MBI (montgomerycollege.edu/macklin), for example, is a business program that gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience as to how the business world works. Starbucks in the Campus Center is part of the MBI program. There are numerous volunteer opportunities you can get involved with, in and around your community. The Theater Department offers internships over the summer to students who are pursuing a degree in Technical Theater and then you have the Science Department . . .
MC has had the opportunity to participate in a competition called the Swarmathon. NASA created this competition to “engage students in developing cooperative robotic algorithms to revolutionize space exploration. The students are developing and testing algorithms that could one day be used in NASA’s mission to Mars.” (nasaswarmathon.com)
This is the third year NASA has held this competition and MC’s second year participating. Our Swarmathon team won the Virtual Competition in April 2017, “defeating 15 other 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.” (mcnews.montgomerycollege.edu) This year they are competing in the Physical Competition among 24 colleges and universities around the country.
Fun fact about the Swarmies (as they are called) is that their design was based on ants. Scientist studied their behavior, how they moved their food around, their ability to remember where they left their food and created the Swarmie robot.
Opportunities like these give students the chance to think outside the box, learn to work in groups, prepare them for the working environment and develop their skills in the field they are pursuing. If you are serious about your education and your degree, GET INVOLVED! Go online, see a counselor, ask the head of your department what opportunities there are to help you thrive in your career.
Here is a picture of the Swarmie robot the MC students designed.