Robotics Camp registration opens for students in grades 6-8

If you thought LEGO® blocks were only for young children, think again. Robotics Camp, taking place at the North Manchester campus of Manchester University this summer, will show students in grades 6-8 that creation and invention is fun for all ages.

At this day camp, 9 a.m.–noon July 13-17, students will use motors and rotation sensors to make robots from LEGO® blocks. They will practice skills in engineering, technology and science.

Robin Mitchell in class with Manchester University students.“Robotics, as a programming experience, has that sense of quick, concrete and visual accomplishment towards a goal that engages and motivates students,” said Robin Mitchell, MU assistant professor of computer science.

Under his supervision, students will learn what robots are, how they work and the methods behind building, controlling and programming them. They will learn to use the LEGO Mindstorms visual programming environment and build a robot that, when complete, can complete a specified task.

“I love all aspects of computer science, and I hope to be able to share that interest with students,” Mitchell said. “If we can capture the imagination of students at this age, it can have lasting impact on their lives.”

The cost is $150 per camper, which includes a T-shirt. The camp is in the Manchester University Science Center.

Register by July 3.

June 18, 2015

Prepared by Emily Barrand, media relations student intern.

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