When it comes to summer vacation, many kids put learning on hold and enjoy fun outdoor activities. However, that is not the case for all kids, especially the ones attending Robotics Summer Camp. “Our robot is right there. It is pretty fun to build all the robots and to get the pieces from scratch. Then build the robot and make it work” said, Andrew Pettry, one of the campers.
Instructor Haley Myroup is one of the teachers at the camp and says there is a lot more to it then just building a robot. Myroup told us, “From day one the child is clueless and their anxious, they get overwhelmed really easily. But, then by the end once they go through and figure out what they want to do with their robot and the tactics they want to use for completing the challenge we set in front of them, they start freaking out basically. Then, you see the light bulb and then everything starts clicking, we’re going to do this, this and this.”
However, that feeling of being overwhelmed still does not stop these kids from achieving their goal. Camper, Cole Cornett told us, “It’s frustrating, but after its very rewarding because you get to see your work inaction.” Another camper, Jacob Stover said, “It’s been a lot of fun, a little frustrating because of the problems with the robots. But that’s to come, it’s going to pass, it is just a lot of trial and error basically.” While Pettry added, “I’ve watched all of these people who have done it before and they’ve always told me that it’s going to be very rewarding once you do it. Because, you can say I’ve went from scratch all the way to here and I’ve accomplished a great thing.”
On Friday, July 21st, all of the children at the camp will have the opportunity to show off their robots and what their robots are capable of in a competition that will be held at the Beckley Convention Center starting at 11:30 a.m.