Sign-ups open for SDPC summer robotics camps

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County is taking applications for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camps.

The camps will be an exciting time geared towards teaching students some basic principals in robotics. These activities include types of gears, gear ratios, levers, pulleys, programming robots, and much more. The camps are scheduled at East End Elementary School from June 16-19 and at Clemson Elementary School from June 23-26. There will be four classes at each camp based on grade level and experience.

WeDo Introductory Camp: (Grades 1-2) Using LEGO WeDo robots students will create something different every day. Students will build a Hungry Alligator, Grumpy Lion, Spinning Top, Boat, Airplane, and even a GIANT.

Basic NXT Robotics Camp: (Grades 3-4) Students will learn to build a basic NXT robot. Each day of camp the students will learn how to program the sensors, determine the distance and complete different mazes. On the final day the students will compete in a maze full of obstacles.

Advanced Robotics Camp: (Grades 5-6) Students will build an advanced robot. Using the touch, light, and ultra-sonic sensors; students will program the robots to stay within a 4 foot circle. On the final day, the students will sumo another robot in the ring. The objective is to push the other robot out of the ring without causing injury to the other robot.

VEX Robotics Camp: (Grades 7-9) Students will build an advanced robot using VEX robotic kits. Using various sensors, tools, and the RobotC programming language student will design, build, and program mobile and stationary robots with First Tech Challenge, VEX Competition, and/or Project Lead the Way specifications.

Tuition is $85 with a $25 non-refundable deposit due by June 1. A limited number of scholarships are also available. Applications are available at all elementary and middle schools in the district.