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Working as teams, students learn to associate theory in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a real-life exercise to create a robotics product.


Facilities for this program include the electronics lab, equipped with electronic components and tools, Basic Stamp programming software and hardware, and electronic test and experimentation equipment. Other facilities within the building include the ability to develop mechanical designs and parts and mechanical capabilities such as materials testing, drawing programs, and a laser engraver and cutter for precision cutting. In addition, a production laboratory is equipped with tools for any mechanical work that would arise.


Dr. Adam Stienecker - has a background in electrical engineering and teaches electronics and robotics classes at Ohio Northern University. His interests are far ranging but include robotics and mechatronic systems. Adam enjoys teaching anyone interested in learning and will go to great lengths to insure that education is enjoyable for the student.

What to bring?

There are always questions about what to bring to an overnight or week long activity. Here are some suggestions: You will want to bring a small amount of spending money since the university bookstore is usually open. Also, you can bring along some of your favorite snacks although there are vending machines located on campus, a local grocery store, and a Rite Aid for unplanned essentials.

Bring a cell phone or calling card to make long-distance calls, sometimes Ada has poor reception for cell phones for such carriers as AT&T and Nextel. If you have a camera you may want to bring it. There are always picture perfect events all week long. The dorms are lockable and secure so you should be able to bring normal things such as clock radios, small CD players, or alarm clocks. If medication needs to be dispensed, the SHI director will make appropriate arrangements. We suggest you bring comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

List of essentials aside from normal everyday apparel:

  • Alarm clock
  • Scientific calculator
  • Soap, comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
  • Insect repellent – DEET-based works best, Off Brand, pump instead of aerosol
  • Ball cap
  • Extra socks
  • A pair of long jeans or slacks
  • Shorts, shirts or blouses
  • One nice outfit (e.g. khaki slacks/dress shirt/blouse) for final presentation
  • Sweatshirt/jacket (some classrooms are air conditioned and can be cool)
  • Rain gear (coat, umbrella)
  • Comfortable shoes, closed toed shoes, shoes to be worn in the gym
  • Swimwear, beach towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals for the shower
  • If you anticipate washing clothes, bring along a small container of clothes detergent and quarters for the washing machines
  • Bed sheets for a single, extra long bed, pillows and blanket

What you do NOT have to bring?
Towels are provided. You also do not need to bring food. All meals are provided in the cafeteria. Snacks and bottled water are offered during the day and evening. Do not bring candles or incense, TV, dart board, draperies, drum set, electric guitars, electric blankets, fireworks, fish net wall hangings, flags, firearms, halogen lamps, hot plates, all pets such as snakes, spiders, lizards, cats, dogs, birds and fish, sunlamps, heat lamps and space heaters, toaster ovens, valuables, water beds or weights.