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2014-06-06

Learn to build and control our future overlords at VEX Robotics camp

Students in grades 6-12 with an interest in robotics can learn the basics of building and controlling our future robot overlords at Bemidji State University’s Dream !t, Do !t Robotics Camp.

The camp, sponsored by the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Center of Excellence, is designed for students in grades 6-12, and especially for those with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The overnight camp begins with check-in during the afternoon of July 13 and concludes on July 18.

The camp carries a registration fee of $300; registration is open through June 20, or until the camp has reached its attendance capacity. Registration includes lodging in BSU’s Tamarack Hall, food and all activities planned by camp staff.

VEX Robotics provides a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed by building robots and competing with like-minded students from the community in an exciting and non-traditional environment. Students work in teams to create, design and build their own robots.

Each day will consist of a different challenge used to create a robot. Campers will design and build a robot, learn autonomous programming and how to program their robot using sensor inputs and quadrapture encoders. Campers will learn about power sources, motors and sensors, torque and speed, programming, navigation and autonomous mode, and AutoCAD software. The camp concludes with a mini-challenge on Friday that family members are invited to attend.

About 360°
The 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence is a consortium of 13 Minnesota higher education institutions. It is led by Bemidji State University and includes 12 other technical and community colleges in the state. 360° is designing a 21st-century education system that prepares individuals for rewarding careers in manufacturing and meets the needs of the region’s manufacturing employers through an enhanced pipeline, industry-driven curriculum and authentic assessment. 360° is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and received a National Science Foundation award in 2012 to become an Advanced Technological Education Regional Center.

About Dream !t, Do !t
Launched by The Manufacturing Institute, Dream !t Do !t is a grassroots authority on influencing the perception of manufacturing careers by leveraging local, regional and statewide strategic partnerships to attract and recruit a qualified manufacturing workforce pipeline. The program offers local manufacturers, schools, community-based organizations and other stakeholders the opportunity to partner with a respected national organization to promote manufacturing as a top-tier career choice in the United States.

Contacts
Jessica Gehrke, 360° communication specialist; (218) 755-2209
Vicki Ruzicka, 360° administrative specialist; (218) 755-2997

Links
VEX Robotics
360°
Robotics camp brochure and registration


About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit bemidjistate.edu. Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.