Students from the Rio Grande Valley had an opportunity for expanding knowledge at the Robotics and Automation Summer Camp at the South Texas College Technology Campus.  The series of one week camps teach the subject of robotics in depth, using automation, computer science, engineering, math, and advanced manufacturing components.

Soft SkillsThere are three sections to the camp:  Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Robotics System, advanced robotic and industrial automation, and First Tech Challenge robotic parts and components.

According to South Texas College professor Nelson Carrasquero, who is the robotics instructor and coordinator, he teaches students who have some knowledge of robotics, and other who have no knowledge of robotics but want to learn.

“We start some basic routines like starting a path, then go complex, like program the sensors in the robots. They’re given 10 different challenges the whole week; within those challenges they have mini-competitions,” Carrasquero said.

“It’s a mixture of exposing them to math, exposing them to technology, exposing them to robotics, but at the same time having fun during that time.”

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