Gotham City
Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program
LEGO Robotics Cities and Transportation project
with Linda Hamilton of the

June 4, 2009

After seeing where they can run the RTI LEGO CITY and rover
the students had a quick lesson on RoboLab.

The 50 students subdivided into 8 groups to build projects for city transportation.

There was building, programming, and making background.

This car was motorized.

The gate was programmed to open with a key card.

The mono rail was programmed to go back and forth.  There was a safety bumper at each station.

The robot with the 2 light sensors can follow the light from a flash light.

The groups set up the city transportation.

Then made the city come to life.

Each group showed off their projects

It was camera time.


Their city was the best!


Links of Linda Hamilton hamilton@marshall.edu
With support from

What is the Heart of Appalachia Talent Search (HATS) Program?

The Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program is a federally funded program that provides academic support to students between the ages of 12 and 18 who demonstrate the ability to succeed in college or a vocational/technical school.  As part of the Federal TRiO Programs that was authorized in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Talent Search has a well established record of helping students achieve academic as well as personal success.  Working one-on-one with students, the Talent Search staff is committed to helping students reach their fullest potential.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Angela Holley at 304-696-2201 or at holley1@marshall.edu Shannon Zornes, Secretary, at 304-696-2941 or by at zornes@marshall.edu

The Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program is located in Gullickson Hall 212.

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The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college, and disabled students to progress from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education.

We serve schools in Mason and Wayne Counties.

In Mason County, we serve Hannan High School, Point Pleasant Middle School, Point Pleasant High School, and Wahama High School.

In Wayne County, we serve Buffalo Middle School, Ceredo-Kenova Middle School, Crum Middle School, Fort Gay Middle School, Spring Valley High School, Tolsia High School, Vinson Middle School, Wayne High School and Wayne Middle School.

The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post secondary school of their choice.

Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth who will complete high school and enroll in the post secondary institution of their choice.

Services Provided by the Program:
Academic, financial, career or personal counseling
Advice on entry or re-entry to high school, GED or College
Information on post secondary education
Exposure to college campuses
Information on student financial assistance
Assistance in completing Admissions and Financial Aid Applications
Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams SAT or ACT
Mentoring programs
Cultural enrichment activities
Workshops for the families of participants

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Angie Holley, Director at holley1@marshall.edu or 304-696-2201

Scott Robertson, Counselor, at robertson2@marshall.edu or 304-696-3287

Tira Runyon, Counselor, at runyon21@marshall.edu or 304-696-3259

Shannon Zornes, Secretary, at 304-696-2941 or zornes@marshall.edu

day before room set up
My helper
It was a rainy day outside.