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Space is still available at UTSA middle and high school robotics camps

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Student Marriah Torres at UTSA summer robotics camp

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(June 10, 2010)--The UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center has openings in summer robotics camps for middle and high school students. Supported by a grant from the AT&T Foundation, the hands-on camps teach children about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an engaging environment, helping them learn that STEM careers are accessible and rewarding.

Although the two camps for elementary students are filled, space is still available in the middle school and high school summer robotics camps. The open camps include:

June 28-July 9: Summer Camp VEX for High School Students
Participants will conceptualize, build and program two robots using the VEX Robotics System and Easy C programming software.

June 28-July 9: Summer Camp NXT for Middle School Students (Level Two)
This camp is for students who have attended an NXT camp or competition as well as students who have participated on a robotics team through their school or a civic organization. During camp, participants will build and program three to four robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kit and Robo C software, a derivative of C++. The camp includes time in UTSA Mars Yard, which replicates the terrain on Mars.

July 12-July 23: Summer Camp NXT for Middle School Students (Level One)
The beginner summer camp is for students with little or no robotics experience. Participants will build and program three to four robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kit and NXT-G software, and it includes time in UTSA Mars Yard.

Registration for all camps must be completed online at the ITEC website and requires prospective campers to submit a short essay on why they want to attend camp. Additionally, a $70 nonrefundable fee, payable by check only, must accompany each registration.

Housed in the UTSA College of Engineering, the Interactive Technology Experience Center (ITEC) is a four-year project that began in 2007 with funding from the AT&T Foundation. The ITEC mission is to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape our lives and the future of our world. The center's focus areas are robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.

 

 

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Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

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