ASU’s Robotics Camp is a summer program series designed for middle school and high school students who intend to pursue a science and engineering career. The camps are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Intel, and the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.
The camp is part of the engineering school’s contribution to the national effort to interest more students in careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
“We are working in cooperation with the Department of Education’s goal to ensure the country produces the top scientists and engineers needed to keep the United States a leader in technological innovation and technology development,” says Yinong Chen, a lecturer in the faculty of computer science and engineering and leader of the Robotics Camp.
During the camp, Chen uses the intuitive Microsoft Visual Programming Language and Robotics Studio to engage students, while teaching the latest engineering design concepts and computing technologies. Students will also work with LEGO® Mindstorm NXT robots to demystify programming and robotics.
Chen explains, “We emphasize the logic rather than the syntax of the language. This program is more graphically oriented. Camp instructors use component-based robot construction, robotics programming, Web programming and Alice game programming as a vehicle to teach the latest engineering design concepts and computing technologies. The robots built by students will enter a robotics competition and demonstration at the end of the camp.”