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Siouxland middle schools build and program robots at summer camp

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Some local kids are spending this week at summer camp–indoors! The Siouxland Robotics Club is putting on this day camp in Sioux City through the “First Lego League.”

Middle School students from across Sioux City work in teams to build robots and program them to perform a set of tasks.

The robots have sensors for color, touch and sound. It helps encourage the students to think creatively and work together to accomplish a goal.

“There’s an actual program on the laptop that they use blocks and they program the robot to do what it needs to do and then via bluetooth, they can download that program to the EV3 Brick and actually run it,” said David Nelson, Robotics Camp Instructor.

The hope is this will instill a love for science, technology, engineering and math in the students before they reach high school age.

Some of the students tell us the tasks they’re presented are challenging, but fun!

“Robots can do many different things, like, they can like grab asteroids, they could multi-task, they can put a hammer down on a rocket. They can do many different things that people can’t even imagine,” said 7th Grader Conan Kirkpatrick.

“I think that I like the process of trial and error and how you have to work together as a team to make it work,” said 7th Grader Abby Demers.

If you’d like to learn more about the Siouxland Robotics Club, you can visit their website by clicking here.

Al Joens

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