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Students' robots tackle tough terrain in planetary exploration challenge

Four FLC students got to experience first-hand the challenges of designing, developing, and building – and then presenting in public – a robotic vehicle for traversing the surface of an alien planet.

Students from the Physics & Engineering Department put their creations to the test in April at the 8th Annual Colorado Space Grant Consortium Robotics Challenge, held at Great Sand Dunes National Park. The site is so like an alien world, in fact, that it is where the two Viking Mars Landers were tested before their pioneering voyages to Mars in 1975.

New Geosciences, Physics and Engineering Building gets the green light

After years of planning and work, the new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering (GPE) Building at Fort Lewis College will become a reality. Word came down from the state capital that construction funding to begin the new building is now secured.

Love of moving water leads Physics major to art competition win

“I have always been curious about patterns present in the natural world and have been lucky enough to spend much of my life venturing outside, observing and contemplating, lost in wonder at the complexity and mysterious beauty surrounding us,” says Ben Luck, a senior Physics major from Ketchum, Idaho.

“Somewhere along the line, probably due to the inordinate amount of time I spend thinking about moving water, I became interested in waves and the role that periodic functions play in describing the physical world,” says Luck, who is also an expert kayaker who has paddled some of the most remote rivers in the world.

Meet some new faces on campus

Freshmen aren't the only people new to campus this year: take a few minutes to meet some of our new faculty!

What is your field of study? Why did you choose it?
My Ph.D. is in Instruction and Curriculum with a focus on Research in Teaching and Teacher Education. Within that broad field, my main areas of interest and study are cultural competence and teaching for social justice. I have taught a wide range of courses and consider myself a teacher education generalist. I chose this field because I am passionate about pedagogy and its effect on learners. I wanted to understand more in depth how people learn in ways that are active, meaningful, relevant, and memorable.

Fort Lewis College joins telescope network that could help prevent a demolition derby in space

Since the advent of space exploration and satellite technology the area just above Earth’s atmosphere is turning into something resembling a busy highway in the middle of a junkyard. Knowing what’s flying around our planet and keeping the country’s satellites out of harm’s way is a critical national security issue. Helping in this national security issue is a newly formed partnership between higher education institutions in Colorado and Chile, including Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.