— Local middle school and high school students got a chance to delve into the world of robotics when Baker College of Flint recently held two Robotics Camps.
Students were divided into two camps: one for middle school students and one for high school students. The Robotics Camp for High School students was July 12-16 at the Baker College of Flint Technology Center. The camp marked the second year, and was attended by 16 students from seven, area high schools. During the week, the students successfully designed, built and programmed a robot capable of picking up an object off the floor and placing it on a table. The camp was conducted by Anca Sala, PhD, chair of the department of engineering, and received help from Tom Spendlove, Jeff White, Craig Norman, James Troup and Richard Hutchings.
The Robotics Camp for Middle School students was July 19-23, and also held at the Baker College of Flint Technology Center. The camp, which was the first one for middle schools students, was attended by 12 students from five, area schools. Students built, programmed and tested robots using LEGO Mindstorms educational kits. Sala organized the camp, and it was conducted by Sala and Spendlove, with
Norman. The camp was a success, and many students expressed interest in returning next year. — Natalie Blythe