A summer of study and teaching


Arthur studies for test while teaching students

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County CATE Center mechatronics teacher Leigh Anne Arthur helps Ian Rochester try out a machine prototype during a Union County 4-H camp over the summer.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — A local high school mechatronics teacher spent her summer furthering her own education as well as introducing the field to younger students.

While summer is a time of vacation for most teachers, Union County CATE (Career and Technology) Center mechatronics teacher Leigh Anne Arthur spent her time studying for a nationally accredited test offered by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The test was made up of both knowledge-based and application-based questions, which gave Arthur national certification as an Industrial Electrician.

Also over the summer, Arthur led a week-long Union County 4-H program for children ages 9 and up, teaching them about mechatronics and simple machines. She also explained aspects including hydraulics, basic electronics, basic control of machines and the function of sensors — all by using hands-on projects and activities. By the end of the camp, students had learned to build their own robots.

Mrs. Arthur has been a teacher in the Union County School District for 12 years, most of which were spent teaching middle school science. However, Arthur discovered a passion for electronics, robotics and machines around six years ago, and she wanted and accepted the challenge of teaching mechatronics at the Union County CATE Center, located on the campus of Union County High School.

Arthur continues to build the program to offer the best and most current curriculum in areas of electricity, machines, programmable logic ontrollers, robotics, pneumatics and hydraulics. Students are exposed to cutting-edge concepts and learn the basics of what is needed for mechatronics-related careers such as a programmer, technician, electrician or mechatronic engineer.

Arthur said she hopes to leave a positive impact on each of her students by giving her best on a daily basis, and receiving her national certification over the summer has allowed her to make her best even better.

“I love seeing the passion I have for mechatronics passed to my students when they are proud of their hard work and calling my name across the shop,” Arthur said. “Their passion is contagious and exciting. That’s why I’m here every day.”

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County CATE Center mechatronics teacher Leigh Anne Arthur helps Ian Rochester try out a machine prototype during a Union County 4-H camp over the summer.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_11551.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County CATE Center mechatronics teacher Leigh Anne Arthur helps Ian Rochester try out a machine prototype during a Union County 4-H camp over the summer.
Arthur studies for test while teaching students

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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