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Robot camp for kids scheduled at CMS

Monday, January 18, 2010

Area students in 5th grade will participate in activities to design and build robots at an upcoming Thursday, February 4, 2010 "Robot Camp for Kids!" led by ISU Engineering Students and the ISU Extension 4-H Technology Members.

The camp will be held at the Cherokee Middle School from 1- 5 p.m. Registration flyers were distributed to all 5th grade students in surrounding schools with a Friday, January 29th deadline for registration.

For students in 5th grade, the program is designed to build interest in engineering, science, technology and math, said ISU Extension 4-H Youth Field Specialist Carol Ehlers. Campers will have the opportunity to work with ISU engineering students and 4-H Technology Project members.

They will learn about robot mechanics with the 4-H Tech Team members to serve as camp counselors. This camp's challenge will feature robots made by the campers that will then attempt to complete an obstacle course. Campers will demonstrate their robots during a friendly competition on the final hour of camp. The fee for campers who are not 4-H members is $20, with 4-H members paying $5, which includes all program materials and snacks, a camp certificate.

"We are looking for boys and girls curious about learning," said Ehlers. "Campers don't have to know about robotics to sign up; the 4-H Technology members will guide them through the challenges." "We know the importance of science and technology is growing," says Carol Ehlers, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, with Iowa State University Extension.

"So we are going to help equip participating youth with the skills they need to enter the 21st-century workplace." "Young people can find their engineering and creative skills at this cool Robotics camp," Ehlers said. This is for students who like solving mathematical equations, enjoy the mechanics of making things work or a young person who is simply an aspiring computer programmer. "

The camp will allow participants to work in small teams to design, build, program and test their own autonomous robots using the ROBOTIX system. Robotix is a motorized, futuristic construction system built on principles of real Robotix engineering. With imaginary interlocking, interchangeable parts, motors, the campers will power and control their own robot creations.

Camp details and the camp application can be found at the ISU Cherokee County Extension Website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cheroke...

Camp information can also be obtained by calling the Cherokee County Extension Office at 712-225-6196.

The "Robot Camp for Kids!" is a part of a Northwest Iowa initiative of the NW 4-H Youth Technology Team. The group currently consists of 12 teenage youth and 2 adult volunteers whose mission is to experience and share educational technology opportunities to youth at county and area levels.

The 4-H Robotics Camp is being sponsored by ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, ISU Program for the Women in Science and Engineering, ISU Extension Science Engineering and Technology program and a grant from Rockwell-Collins.

Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.

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