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Penn robotics team hosts Build-a-Bot competition


Robots are running amock at Penn High School this week.  Kids from around the area are taking part in the Penn Robotics Inspiring Design and Engineering (PRIDE) Summer Camp.

The PRIDE program teaches kids about science, technology, and engineering, and gives them an opportunity to work in teams to achieve a goal.

This week is the Build-a-Bot competition.  Campers team up with a mentor to construct a robot that can play a specific game.  The game changes every year to keep things interesting.  The teams of campers will construct their robots over this week, and then compete in the game on Friday.

The camps been around for eight years, and not kids that went through the camp are working for the camp from the other side.

"it is inspiring to now be working with current students who were once campers themselves. Students see themselves in the campers and they have such enthusiasm," explains Jim
Langfeldt, Penn technology teacher and robotics team leader.  "I would never be able to pull this whole thing off without the help of the team members and the alumni that come back every year. It's a really special group."

The Penn Robotics team also hosts three other camp events: Methods, Structures, and Girl PRIDE.  The last one is a camp specifically for female middle school students.

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