Walking along the deserted summer halls of Kingsborough Middle School, the eager cheers of students participating in the Summer Robotics Camp could be heard. Inside one classroom were robotics students crowded around a make-shift Mars Landing structured out of desks and black poster paper, cheering on their peers as they put their robotics knowledge and skills to the test by programming their robots to escape the treacherous “Mars Cave”.
The HISD Summer Robotics Camp is a two week-long program, taking place June 17-28, where students are taught basic programming, engineering, building, and problem-solving skills.
“We give them a fun way to learn by creating competitions for them to use what they have learned. They, also, learn team building and good sportsmanship through these activities,” said Gabriel Garcia, Teacher.
“It's fun!” exclaimed 11-year-old Marisol Gutierrez. “My favorite part was creating a sound-sensor which moves until you whistle or make a sound.”
One hundred and sixty students participate in the HISD Summer Robotics Camp each year.