Mechanization is the way of 21st century life, and with it, the field of robotics is booming. Robots are vital to our everyday life. Practically everything you can think of uses robots: industry, aerospace, healthcare, homes, and the military—just to name a few. These things are all dependent on the power of robotics and mechanical engineering.
During Robotics Camp, hosted by Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, students learned to use ROBOTC language to program a robot. This language is an industry standard language. ROBOTC skills easily transition into proficiency of professional tools used by real engineers! Also, students can easily transfer this programming language to other types of computer programming applications.
Camp was held June 1–3, with 37 campers in Camp 1: grades 4–6 and 25 campers in Camp 2: grades 7–12. Campers traveled from many locations in Ohio including Carrollton, Dellroy, Augusta, Mechanicstown, Salineville, Canton, Wellsville, Bolivar, Bowerston, New Philadelphia, East Rochester, Amsterdam, Malvern, Lore City, Sugarcreek, Massillon, Dover, Sherrodsville, Scio, and even Zanesville.
The goal for the three-day camp was to give students the opportunity to develop a genuine passion for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that goes into learning to build and program robots. On day one, campers built their robots with a partner; on day two they programmed them; and finally on day three there was a competition. The competition was a mini-version of the VEX Robotics Competitions for the 2016–17 competition season. Starstruck is the name of the middle and high school competition and Crossover is the name of the elementary competition. More information about VEX Robotics Competitions can be found here: http://www.robotevents.com.