The Robotics Summer Camp at Idaho State University gave kids a chance to get involved in a robotics competition. The camp, in its eighth year at ISU, was held in the College of Technology building. This event pitted groups of campers against each other using cubic foot robots that were built in just four days.
ISU professor Geran Call noted that, “The limewire team had a chance to do a summer camp to teach them how to build robots but using math technology and electronics available to control them and compete where they do in different rounds against each other.”
One of the greatest aspects of children participating in this program is how much it can help their future. There is a great demand for jobs in robotics.
Call added that, “A lot of people are like, well where are the jobs, there are a ton of jobs out there. We have employers coming from all over the country to hire our students who work in robotics. All the way from defense contractors to mom and pop shops doing weather surveillance and different things like that around the country.”
Lastly, I asked this professor about what he liked the most about this camp experience.
“Just really to see the kids have fun and make anything they want to. With all the robots that we make with Wall-E and R2D2. Just being able to visualize and make it and make it control and do whatever they can think of and imagine,” Call said.