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Middle school students from Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, and Madison counties, and Lake Park, Georgia, explored the fields of manufacturing, robotics, and engineering at North Florida College’s Robotics Camp held June 6-9.
Throughout the four-day summer camp, students frequented the NFC campus to create Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots, participate in STEM-related activities, learn about engineering, and compete in robotics challenges. Their hands-on experience was achieved within the lab and classroom of the Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology (AMPT) program led by NFC AMPT Instructor Bill Eustace.
“This is the sixth year we’ve hosted the robotics camp, and it’s probably one of our biggest groups attending,” Eustace said. “This camp allows young students to participate in programming and coding with STEM-related technology. They learn things like distance traveled and rotational speed, while having fun with robot competitions.
The robotics camp, initially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, helps to establish the basics of the programming language to then become a step towards other more complex programming. It builds students’ skills and confidence to explore related training and careers.
For more information about NFC or its summer camps, call (850) 973-9481 or email [email protected]