The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 11, 2012

SWE JROTC cadets learn about robots


TARBORO — Recently, the North Carolina Army National Guard’s 430th Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Co. visited SouthWest Edgecombe High School to teach Air Force JROTC Cadets about robots used by American forces around the world.

The EOD, headquartered in Greenville, showed students how the robots are used in combat, then gave the cadets the opportunity to operate the equipment.

“When I received the chance to operate both of the robots used to disarm bombs, it was amazing. These robots can do things that I couldn’t believe. It was a whole lot harder to operate them than I thought,” said Cadet Staff Sgt. Brandon Moore.

The students controlled the robots’ movement and staged a rescue mission where the robots were “deployed” to retrieve a fake “bomb.”

“We’re constantly looking for new educational opportunities for our Cadet Corps. This hands-on demonstration was sensational. We truly appreciate the continuous support of the Army National Guard,” said Col. Mike Whitehurst, senior aerospace science instructor at SouthWest.