Robotics Camp Teaches Kids Critical Thinking

Can robots think? That's the question students are being asked this week at a robotics camp in Tyler.

Students have the chance to build robots out of Lego sets. Then, they program them to do all sorts of different things, like going forward, turning and reversing. The kids think it's a ton of fun, but the director, Blake Helm, says he hopes the camp teaches the students good problem solving skills, too.

He says, "The way that we're doing our instruction here is kind of a discovery approach where we're letting them kind of work through the problems themselves, rather than giving them a problem and telling them, 'This is how you solve this particular type of problem."

Camp organizers hope this event will peak some interest in Tyler middle schools, so they might participate in robotics competitions in the future.

Lindsay Wilcox,, reporting