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10/11/06 Granite Bay Robotics Club introduces technology to Loomis Boy Scouts
Sierra College sponsors team to show opportunities in technical and science careers

ROCKLIN – The Granite Bay High School Robotics Club, sponsored by the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT), rolled out their basketball throwing robot at the Loomis Boy Scout Troop 12 meeting on October 9. A crowd of over 80 Boy Scouts as well as Cub Scouts and parents from Packs 815 and 12 attended the meeting held at the Loomis Grange in Penryn.

Stephen Miller, a science teacher at Granite Bay High School and the robotics team’s coach, explained to the scouts that the team built the robot in just six weeks to compete in the FIRST Robotics competition ( ). The 120 pound, four feet high robot on wheels is controlled by a joy stick to pick up small basketballs and throw them at a hoop.

“The FIRST international competition attracts over 25,000 students and inspires them to consider technical careers,” said Miller. “Building the robot gives the students a practical application of math and science, and many on my team have gone on to study engineering.”

Sierra College sponsors the robotics team and showed a video at the Boy Scout meeting to increase community awareness of technical careers, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Sierra College CACT. “Local employers in manufacturing and technology have an immediate need for technically trained employees,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “ Sierra College recently introduced the Mechatronics program ( where students make robots and study mechanics, electronics, pneumatics and hydraulics under computer control. Graduates of the two year program have successfully found jobs or transferred to four-year universities.”

According to Nathan Baker, Scout Master of Troop 12, when the Scouts planned the troop’s annual calendar, the boys came up with Robotics as a meeting theme. “The Granite Bay High School Robotics team presentation to the scouts was a win for all,” said Baker. “The Scouts learned about robotics and the team explained what they do in front of an audience of potential members.  The robotics topic also appealed to younger Cub Scouts who were our guests.”

For more information about joining the Granite Bay Robotics club open to students from other schools or being a corporate sponsor of the team, contact Stephen Miller at

Boy Scout Troop 12 has been active in the community for over 80 years. The troop meets on the 2 nd and 4 th Monday of each month at 7 PM at the Loomis Grange. Call Nathan Baker for more information, 916-316-7358.

The Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) ( has supported companies with employee training, technology deployment and industry development since 1997.

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