2014-06-12 / News

Robotics camp set for area children

ESCANABA – The M-TEC at Bay College, in partnership with Michigan Works! and Michigan Regional Skills Alliances, is offering Robotics Day Camps in Delta, Dickinson, Alger, and Schoolcraft counties.

At Robotics Camp, children will learn how to design, construct, and program working robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kit with renewable energy addon kits for solar and wind power (Beginner-Intermediate Level) or the VEX IQ Robotics Kits (Advanced Level).

Camp activities are hands-on and engaging, and children as young as seven and as old as 12 will learn valuable problem solving methods, engineering concepts, and computer skills.

The LEGO Robotics system was designed to be simple and easy for children to use. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools, allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other accessories allows for complete customization of robots. The “robot brain” takes powerful technology and simplifies it for educational use. It is programmed via a computer and compatible software program.

The newly acquired VEX IQ kits will be introduced to the advanced class this summer. The advanced class is suitable for older students or students who have participated in previous LEGO Robotics Day Camps. VEX IQ kits have additional sensors including a color sensor, gyroscope, and distance sensor. This year’s camps in Delta, Schoolcraft and Alger County, will be led by Michigan Works! JAG Specialist Eric Cooley and his team of instructors.

Cost of the camp is $53 per child and includes snacks. Preregistration is required, and can be found online at www.baycollege.edu/robotics.

Deadline to register is June 20.

For more information, contact the M-TEC at (906) 217-4106.

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