Adding to Bullis' expanding extracurricular offerings this winter is RC² - Robotics, Communications, and Computers. The program, Bullis' first after-school endeavor in STEM (science, tech, engineering, and mathematics), meets in the North Hall computer lab.
“Richard and I created RC² because we saw a lack of extracurricular STEM offerings at Bullis,” said Mitchell.
The idea of creating Bullis' very own radio, however, came from Hayman, who, immediately after creating this after-school program, began building the antenna with Mitchell, Adam Cohen ('14), Scott Bettigole ('14), Alex Truitt ('15), and Max Bramson ('13).
During their fifth meeting together, RC² made their first set of foreign radio communications with a radio operator in Belize, a Central American nation over 1,500 miles away. Members connected with a man who grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Walt Whitman High School and knew of the Bullis School.
K3BSB, or Kilo Three Bravo Sierra Bravo, is now Bullis’ own Amateur Radio and can make connections around the world with stations.
Hayman and the students involved in this program are hoping to participate in the 2013 First Tech Challenge, which is an elite robotics competition that holds contests at the state, national, and international levels. Additionally, they plan on presenting an exciting NXT robot to the school in the coming weeks and hope to gain a greater global awareness through radio communications with enthusiasts around the world.
RC² has excited the Bullis community by acting as an outlet for students interested in STEM; the program hopes to integrate into Bullis' larger STEM program as the school transitions into its "Signature Programs" over the coming years.
Images courtesy of Duruhan Badraslioglu