Media opportunity Robotics competition on Friday
July 28, 2009 9:00 AM
Rising 7th and 8th graders are exploring engineering and robotics at Northern Virginia Community College this week during “Basic Engineering/Robotics Principles and Active Construction Camp.”
Twenty-six middle school students are participating in the camp from July 27 to 31 at NOVA’s Innovation Park location (9485 Innovation Drive, Manassas). The students live in Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County.
Working together in seven teams, the students are building robots from kits and learning to program them to operate and perform various movements. While learning about engineering and robotics, the students will also observe real-world applications during tours of local manufacturers that employ advanced technology. Lockheed Martin and Micron Technologies are partnering in the camps.
Bill Willis, physics teacher and robotics technology facilitator for Prince William County middle and high schools, is the camp coordinator. Willis can be reached at 703-530-8266.
On Friday, the students will test their robots during a friendly competition. Members of the winning team will receive prizes. Call Dee Martin at 703-257-6605 for the time and place to see the competition on July 31.