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Students master robotics at summer camp

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A lot of kids hit the canoes and bunk beds for summer camp this year but some local kids had something else in mind. If you thought programming your TV was hard, this is not the summer camp for you.

Technology is no sweat for a group of fourth through eighth graders at Penn High School's Build-a-Bot Camp. They spent the week programming robots to compete in a special tournament at the end of camp.

While this is a tech lover's paradise camp coach Grant Carlile says kids don't really walk away with a robot. Instead they leave with something better.

"So when they walk away that next week, they're talking to their parents about how to solve problems. "

There is a lot of time and effort that goes into builing these bots, but after eight years at the camp camper Stephen Kramer still gets the same satisfaction every year.

"It's.. it's a really good feeling. It's like a mixture of uh pride and just a sense of accomplishment. But I just like the idea of being able to build something then watch it compete."

While the majority of campers are boys, girls are getting in on the fun too! The numbers of girls at camp have increased each year. In fact, this year they're launching a new all girls robotics camp called 'Girl Pride'.

Robotics team coach, Julie Stevenson, shared what it's like to be a girl who is into robotics.

"You just have to be assertive because I really wanted to be in robotics so it was hard at first but its gotten better."

The camp ended Friday, but the next session will start June 17th. Check out their website by clicking here.

 

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