The Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling, IL is the first organization in the country to build their very own sanitizing robot using the design and technology of the University of Illinois’s UVBot, which was developed in October 2020.
On May 20, 2021, WACC held the dedication of the “Germinator,” built in cooperation with staff from UIUC’s Health Care Engineering Systems Center. Twenty students from area high schools collaborated on the project over the course of six months under the supervision of WACC IT Administrator Owen Harrell. Harrell built a team of students from computer technology, machining, and digital media arts departments to work on the project.
Similar robots can cost $50,000 or more, but the Germinator, funded by local businesses and individuals in the Sterling area, cost only $1,500 to build. WACC plans to produce more robots for local nonprofits and high schools, three of which have already put in orders for their own robot complete with their school colors. WACC students who attend those schools will build their respective robots.
The Whiteside Area Career Center is a cooperative of 16 school districts and four parochial schools in northwestern Illinois that hosts career education courses, encompassing career awareness, development, and skill preparation for students at all levels of education. Their twelve programs such as computer technology, cosmetology, auto technology, and health occupations educate over 600 students annually.
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Read the original story about the U of I UVBot here.