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Robotics camps accepting applications

Registration is under way for summer robotics camps offered by Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas Campus. Fourteen camps covering multiple age groups and robotics platforms will be held at Woodbridge Senior High School in eastern Prince William County and Patriot High School in the western end of the county.

Participants will build skills in engineering, computer science and physics. In addition, they will learn teamwork and tackle a team challenge at the end of the camp.

Experienced high schoolers will be interested in FIRST Robotics. During this two-week camp, participants will build a large-scale robot using power tools and other machining equipment.

New this year is Jason ROV focusing on underwater robotics. Campers will work in teams of four to build an underwater robot that will be tested in a pool on the last day.

Other camps include VEX 1 and 2, FIRST Lego League, Advanced Lego NXT, Robotics Programming NXT and Robotics Programming Cortex.

Camps run one or two weeks with a competition or parent demonstration on the final day. For details, visit www.nvcc.edu keyword “systemic solutions” or email mwjohnson@nvcc.edu.

The camps are sponsored by the Manassas Campus Science and Applied Technologies Division and NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions program which partners with local school divisions to encourage students to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.