At North Arkansas College, summer campers learning robotics and design and build have become part of a team. They learned to build, code, test, and improve the robots they received on the first day.
They spend the first day assembling the robot. Then, they learned computer programming and receive instructions for installing programs into the robots which were operated through remote control and autonomously. With autonomous programs, instructor John Levy explains what is necessary. “Students have to write the program,” said Levy.“It’s just like the program that makes your car start with a key, there’s a controller that tells it to turn the engine over, and fire.”
For the next few days, students spend time testing and reworking their robots. Then on the last day of camp, there is a competition between the teams. Each team of up to three students wants to prove they have the best robot.
Robots were scored for the competition on their ability to pick up game pieces and move them to specific locations. They were also scored for balance ability. The contest had two categories, remote control and autonomous.
In the afternoon after Robotics camp, half the campers also participated in the Design and Build Camp.