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Registration open for Dartmouth's second robotics camp program

Dartmouth is hosting three free summer robotics camps this July for local youngsters age 11 through 13. The camps began as a pilot project last summer, sponsored by the College's Computer Science Department, where children designed, programmed and built miniature automated beings made from the Legos Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. The program is being jointly sponsored this year by the Provost's Office and the Computer Science Department.

Children at the 2004 Summer Robotics Camp built this robot
Children at the 2004 Summer Robotics Camp built this robot using Legos Mindstorms Robotics Invention System

The camps are open to middle schoolers in the community free of charge and enrollment will be by lottery. Parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible before the May 9 deadline. Forms to download and more detailed information may be found online.

All three camps being offered this summer will be mentored by Dartmouth students and instructors. The first session, for girls, will take place July 5-8. "More Robots" camp, July 11-15, will offer youngsters the opportunity to work closely with other robot builders to improve their technical and programming skills. Serious robot enthusiasts with experience in programming and building are welcome to apply for "Advanced Robots Camp," July 18-28. This group will take robotics to new heights limited only by the imaginations of participating students.

"Last year's program was a wonderful success for both the students attending and the Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students who served as mentors," said Associate Professor of Computer Science Hany Farid, who also is Associate Chair of the Department. "As campers design, build and program their robots," he added, "they will be encouraged to explore and experiment with their own ideas."

"There's something about robots that's  magical and engaging," added Suzanne Thompson, Director of the Summer Robotics Program.  "It's a terrific way to encourage learning that crosses all disciplines."

For more information contact Thompson at 646-8738.

By LAUREL STAVIS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08