CRESTVIEW — Tim Sexton and Laurie Allen are offering a summer robotics camp for elementary and middle school students.
The camp — which begins July 28 and features morning and afternoon sessions — includes an introduction to simple machines, including pulleys, levers and valves. Rising fourth- through eighth-graders also will learn how to construct and program EV3 robots to perform certain tasks.
But in addition to teaching those skills, Sexton and Allen, Davidson and Shoal River Middle School's robotics coaches, respectively, hope the camp keeps student interest in robotics alive.
“We want to keep robotics growing in our area,” Sexton said.
Students will put what they've learned to the test by participating in a robotics challenge; top performers will earn a trophy, Sexton said.
Several Okaloosa School District campuses, including Bob Sikes Elementary School and Baker School, have Lego robotics clubs that compete in the First Lego League.
During this year's FLL competition, themed “World Class,” teams will redesign how people gather skills and information in the 21st century.
In addition to giving students additional practice opportunities for FLL competitions, attendees will know what to expect the next school year.
“They will feel more confident in building and programming the robots,” Sexton said.
WHAT: 3rd Annual Summer Robotics Camp
WHEN: Two sessions: 8 a.m. until noon, or 1-4 p.m. July 28 through Aug.7
WHERE: Shoal River Middle School at 3200 East Redstone Ave.
COST: $200 per student
REGISTRATION: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at Shoal River Middle School.
CONTACTS:Tim Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Laurie Allen, email@example.com