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LSU Continuing Education’s Robotics Camps Offer High School Students Unique Experience

05/04/2012 10:56 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Continuing Education, in partnership with the LSU Department of Computer Science and Red Stick Robotics, will offer students entering grades nine through 12 a unique experience this summer, focused on robots that can function on land or in water.

 

Land Robotics and Sea Robotics courses are part of Tiger University, a series of academically engaging summer courses in a college-like environment. Students learn from LSU faculty and field experts, and enjoy the unique resources of the LSU campus. The hands-on courses will give students insight into computer programming and engineering and allow them to explore an existing interest in robotics, or to discover new aptitudes while meeting others with similar interests.

 

Land Robotics will focus on VEX-based robotics and Robot C programming language. Students will interact with faculty on real-life research and tour facilities to see projects in action. Science and math concepts are integrated into daily projects as students work individually and collaboratively in teams while learning essential skills of hardware and software troubleshooting. At the end of the week, students will compete to find hidden clues around the LSU campus using their robots. The Land Robotics course will take place June 25-29.

In the Sea Robotics course, students will work underwater without getting wet. All robotic movement is programmed using Arduino computer chips and the C programing language. Students will build robots from scratch to reproduce concepts important to Navy and advanced marine research used in coastal environments. Science and math concepts are used as students work in teams and individually. Students will test how well their robot performs in an end-of-the-week competition. The Sea Robotics course will be held July 9-13.
This is the first summer Continuing Education has partnered with Red Stick Robotics for the robotics courses. Red Stick Robotics is a Baton Rouge-based company offering hands-on robotics workshops to teachers and students. The professionals at Red Stick Robotics utilize many emerging technologies and resources to bring robotics into a classroom setting.

 

“The robotics programs are hands-on, interactive and motivating, and cover math and science concepts that relate to both robotics and school curriculums,” Jason Devillier, president of Red Stick Robotics, said of the courses. “I hope these courses inspire students to pursue additional science, technology, engineering and math studies.”

 

Registration for Land Robotics and Sea Robotics is now open. Register online at www.outreach.lsu.edu/precollege. Registrations completed by May 20 receive a $50 discount.
LSU Continuing Education acts as a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit www.outreach.lsu.edu for more information. Follow LSU Continuing Education on Twitter and Facebook.

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