At a STEMability Camp for students with disabilities, students have been learning how to use robots, which help them understand and use technology.

Soft SkillsIn Blacksburg, Virginia, over a dozen students were invited to Virginia Tech University to experience a special technology camp.

At STEMability, the campers all have a disability of some kind, as well as an interest in robotics.

“We basically gave this robot multiple commands and the robots were able to execute them,” said Kit Barker, a high school student from Great Falls.

“I’m really hoping to find a career that I’m interested in and right now, I’m hoping to go into computer engineering but right now robotics is still definitely on my list to consider,” said Barker. “It really makes me feel a lot calmer about college, knowing I can get help and accommodations for my ADHD,” Barker said.

Students actively engage with the robots through LEGO Mindstorms. “What I was showing on the screen is how you program the Lego. Different kind of robots will use different kind of programming. But this is a drag and drop a kind of set up,” said Alex Leonessa, one of the professors who started the camp five years ago.

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