Highland Middle School holds robotics camp
By Taylor Kaser -
It was the battle of the bots at Highland Middle School last Thursday. Highland hosted a robotics camp last week where sixth and seventh graders learned about building robots the first two days. The next two days were spent designing and building their own. On the final day, students competed with their robots.
Rich Ramey, Engineering Technology Instructor at Tri Rivers Career Center led the camp. Ramey said this is the first year that Tri-Rivers and Highland have collaborated for this project. He said the kids had a great time and learned a lot about the robots, math, and science.
The competition challenge was called “Sack Attack.” Teams earned points by maneuvering their robots out of their starting squares and moving beanie sacks into the squares.
VEX Robotics provided the setup materials for the camp. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Technicians donated money for additional materials. Other instructors from Tri-Rivers attended. The goal of the program is to encourage students to enter the engineering field.
Three advisors, previous students came to coach the students. All three advisors have competed nationally in robotics programs. Students have the opportunity to continue to compete into college. Highland is planning on forming a robotics after school club for the next school year.