Building Robots Out of Legos
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CREATED Jun. 20, 2013
PALM DESERT - The Fourth Annual Robotics Summer Camp for middle school students started this week. College of the Desert offers this one-week free session at three locations: Palm Desert, Mecca/Thermal and Palm Springs.
The students learn how to build robots out of legos and how to program them, all from scratch. The goal of the program is to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an enjoyable setting where students not only learn, but have fun along the way.
"When students first come in as a beginner, they're usually a little bit timid with building and coming up with creative ideas and by the time they leave, they're constructing their own designs," said the main instructor, Mike Gubler.
It's a very hands-on program with little instruction. The camp participants rely on each other to build and design their robots.
"Everybody gets to do a little bit of something like one person can do the wiring and the other one can do the construction," explained one of the camp participants, Marco Montane.
From solar-powered to remote-controlled robots, the students are proud of their creations.
"I'm going to add a claw to it and it'll be able to pick up a ball and throw it, and it will also be able to grab things," shared another student, Adaiah Kelley.
Besides the technological skills the students learn, the staff hopes they have a good time and take away life-long skills.
"They learn how to work together in a professional, learning, and working community," said Gubler.
The next camp will be held at COD's Mecca/Thermal site in July and the last one will be in Palm Springs in August. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 760-776-7420 or visit www.collegeofthedesert.com