Campers Learn Problem Solving Skills With Robots

Tyler ISD Press Release:

Students participating in Robotics Camp this week are learning whether robots can think.  The camp gives middle school student an opportunity to learn problem solving skills by designing and programming robots.  Students are learning that there is not one correct answer and that there is value in trial and error.

"We want to encourage the students to take risks especially when they encounter a problem they have not seen before," said Blake Helm, Facilitator and Project Administrator.  "They try different solutions until they find one that works."

The camp is self-directed by the students.  The three adult facilitators provide support to students to question and lead them through the thought process.  The students work in pairs and use robotics kits and computer software to complete their projects.

Helm hopes the camp could lead to building robotics teams in the middle schools and eventually students could participate in Lego Mindstorms Competitions.

The Robotics camp runs June 26 through June 30 at the Gary Administrative Complex from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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