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Robotics camp marks a decade

July 30, 2012 12:00AM

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Kaelum Hasler, Lawrence, Kan.; Kaleb Kroenke, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Bryn Neria, Carl Junction, Mo.; prepare their robot for its first test of the day.

Now in its 10th year, PSU’s Adventures in Robotics workshops are as popular as ever. Randy Winzer, associate professor in Engineering Technology, said nearly 30 youngsters participated in the first week-long camp, which is designed for students aged 9-13.

“That’s about as many as we can handle,” Winzer said.

Adventures in Robotics II had about 17 students enrolled.

Winzer said students in the workshops learn not only computer software and technology, but also import life lessons about teamwork and problem solving.

Winzer said he has also learned a great deal through the workshops.

“I’ve done this so many times, now, that it isn’t as much work as it was those first years,” Winzer said.

He said he gets a great deal of enjoyment from leading the workshops and that the students are an inspiration.

“The excitement students have when they solve a problem or when they learn something new is contagious,” Winzer said.

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