LSU Offering High School Students Introduction to Robotics
BATON ROUGE – For the first time ever, LSU’s College of Engineering and Office of Continuing Education will host a robotics camp this summer. The week-long program will take place in Patrick F. Taylor Hall on June 18-22.
LSU Mechanical Engineering Professors Marcio de Queiroz and Hunter Gilbert came up with the idea in order to introduce high school students to the world of robotics.
“We want the attendees to be exposed to something unique that they would not see in high school,” Queiroz said. “We can achieve this by complementing the activities of the VEX platform with research and instructional equipment such as a drone, robotic arm, humanoid robot and Turtlebot.”
LSU Research Associate Vanessa Begat, who runs Engineering Design & Development and Intro & Advanced Robotics at Lee Magnet High School, will help teach the camp.
“Being an instructor for this summer robotics program allows me to share my passion for the field of robotics with a highly motivated and bright group of high schoolers,” Begat said. “In the camp, students will work on teams to build and program robots to accomplish various tasks, thus, gaining valuable engineering skills, as well as 21st-century skills. This summer camp will give them a strong foundation for a successful STEM-related education and career path.”
By the end of the camp, attendees will be able to assemble robots from basic building blocks, such as motors, wheels, gears, LEDs, encoders, and buttons; write programs that allow robots to sense inputs, act, and operate autonomously; create parts of robots for specific tasks, such as moving and grasping; and understand the roles that mechanisms, electronics, and programming play to form complete robots.
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