June, 2010Generously supported by a grant from the AT&T Foundation, The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Interactive Technology Experience Center is pleased to offer openings in summer robotics camps for middle and high school students. The hands-on camps teach kids about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an engaging environment, helping them learn that STEM careers are accessible and rewarding.
Although UTSA’s two summer robotics camps for elementary students have reached capacity, space is still available for the middle school and high school summer robotics camps. The open camps include:
June 28 – July 9: Summer Camp VEX for High School Students
Participants will be required to conceptualize, build and program two robots using the VEX Robotics System and Easy C programming software.
June 28 – July 9: Summer Camp NXT for Middle School Students (Level Two)
This camp is designed for students who have attended an NXT camp or competition as well as students who have participated on a robotics team through their school or a civic organization. During camp, participants will build and program three to four robots using the Lego® Mindstorms NXT Robotics Kit and Robo C software, a derivative of C++. The camp includes time in UTSA’s Mars Yard, which replicates the terrain on Mars.
July 12 – July 23: Summer Camp NXT for Middle School Students (Level One)
This beginner’s summer camp is for students who have little or no robotics experience. It allows participants to build and program three to four robots using the Lego® Mindstorms NXT Robotics Kit and NXT-G software, and it includes time in UTSA’s Mars Yard, which replicates the terrain on Mars.
Registration for all camps must be completed online at http://itec.utsa.edu and requires prospective campers to submit a short essay about why they want to attend camp. In addition, a $70 nonrefundable fee, payable by check only, must accompany each registration.
Housed in UTSA’s College of Engineering, the Interactive Technology Experience Center is a four-year project that began in 2007 with funding provided by the AT&T Foundation. ITEC’s mission is to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape our lives and the future of our world. The center’s areas of thrust include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.
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