Balluff brings hands-on sensor labs to Kentucky middle school


Dec 09, 2015

Balluff recently visited Scott County Middle School in Georgetown, Ky., and surprised more than 200 students with hands-on sensor applications during their science class.

Kelli Lee and Kate Wilson, Scott County Middle School science teachers, organized the event with the help of Brian Hedges, training manager at Balluff, and Joe Poehlmann, technical trainer. Hedges and Poehlmann spent two days at the school and set up several different hands-on labs designed to educate students on different types of sensors and how they are used in real world applications. They also talked about the concepts of light, sound, electromagnetic and ultrasonic waves and how they are used in sensor technologies.

"Priceless resources," said Lee of the labs. "The students loved to see the applications in action and the hands-on Balluff training has been a valuable part of their education."

Several students shared comments about their experience:  "Learning about the UV with Mr. Joe was my favorite because the glasses were cool." And another student added, "The best part of the class was learning about electromagnetic waves with Mr. Hedges because the Smartlights are awesome!" 

"It has been great for the kids to see real world applications and experience it first hand in their classroom," said Wilson. "I think this training class has sparked some interests in future career choices."