Riverland campers learn about robotics and manufacturing

Release Date: July 1, 2013

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Riverland Community College offers campers from our region the opportunity to attend the Dream It Do It VEX Robotics Camp July 15-19 at the Albert Lea Campus. The camp is from 9 .a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and designed for students entering grades 7-12 who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

VEX Robot

Each day will consist of a different challenge with robotics. Participants design and build a robot using basic and intermediate VEX mechanisms, learn autonomous programming and learn how to program robots using sensor inputs and quadrature encoders. The camp concludes Friday with a mini?challenge the participants’ family members are invited to attend. During the camp, Students also tour various regional industries currently using robotics and engineering in their processes. Finally, participants are introduced to the new game for upcoming 2013-14 VEX Robotics competitions.

The $100 cost includes instruction, materials, daily lunch and snacks. Registration forms are available at www.riverland.edu/vex. The registration deadline is July 10. For information, contact Instructor Bob Bender at 507-456-8603 or email bob.bender@riverland.edu.

The Vex Robotics camp is a collaboration of Riverland Community College, Dream It Do It and the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Center of Excellence.

About Dream It Do It

Dream It Do It, led by 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, collaborates with industry members to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota. For more information visit http://dreamitdoitmn.com/dream-it-do-it-2/.

About 360°

360° has been the official champion of Dream it. Do it since inheriting the brand from NAM (the National Association of Manufacturers) in 2007. The organization was created as a MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) Center of Excellence to attract, prepare, and empower the next generation of highly skilled workers. They join forces with education and industry partners to make sure incredible new people are entering the workforce. Besides Riverland Community College, partners include Bemidji State University, Central Lakes College, Lake Superior College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Technical College, , Saint Paul College and St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

360° offers access to more than 60 specialized programs, ranging from certificates to master’s degrees. These programs turn workers and students into leaders that can bring new innovative talent to the industry. For more information see: http://www.360mn.org/.