We have been featured once more by the WLOS news station highlighting our summer Robo Camp! Find the article and video below!
(Cited from the WLOS article linked here)
WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A group of local students will spend their summer learning through a free robotics camp.
The camp is open to rising seventh grade through 12th grade students across our area.
It is the definition of hands-on learning as students get to build and program a robot.
Mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as 3-D design and printing, are among the skills learned during the sessions.
For local middle school participant, 13-year-old Alex Harkness, the camp has influenced his future plans.
“It’s been incredible in my life. I’ve learned about programming. This has influenced me to actually take a high school credit course in programming,” Harkness said.
The revision process plays an important role as students practice building off their mistakes, to create a robot.
One student recalls a specific example.
“We actually had one robot that we built at the beginning of the season and took it to scrimmages and qualifiers and it didn’t work,” 14-year-old Cameron Fox said.
“We completely scrapped that, though we’d put a lot of time and effort into it. We completely scrapped it and built a new robot and then from that, built this robot.”
Team captain, 16-year-old Brayden Fox, says participants get to step into competition mode by reenacting a prior challenge at camp this year.
“They’re going to have to build the robot exactly as they would have had to back then, they’re gonna have to program it like they would have had to. We’re trying to recreate a competition-ready environment,” Fox said.
At the end of the camp, students can apply to join the award-winning Guzzoline Robotics competition team, as part of Ashebots. The team made it to the world championship last season.
The camp is held 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is free and students can still join.
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-683-6218.