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June 17, 2013

LEGOs are “go” at annual Robotics Camp

Greensburg — The 3rd annual Decatur County Family YMCA LEGO Robotics Camp kicked off Monday morning at the YMCA.

YMCA Associate Director and Camp Instructor Ryan Gelhaus told the Daily News that Monday’s 2013 opening camp included 12 “campers.”

Each camp is designed to accommodate a maximum of 20 attendees. Gelhaus said he was both disappointed and pleased by the lower number, because “twelve is a good number to work with,” allowing for more one-on-one instruction, which, in turn, allows kids to catch on a little quicker. Gelhaus was also happy the camp was moved this year from the Greensburg Learning Center to the YMCA. The move allows for less prep time, as class materials don’t need to be transported off site, he said.

The YMCA also has “challenge tables” set up for kids to use in completing assigned “missions” for their completed robots. At the Learning Center, Gelhaus explained, mats had to be set up on the floor, increasing the likelihood of stepped-on, damaged robots, and failed missions.

“We have these tables already set up here at the Y,” Gelhaus said. “Kids don’t have to squat to program and work with their robots. They can complete the missions standing up. It’s so much easier.”

After building their robots, campers are assigned five various missions to program the robots to complete. Assigned missions include such tasks as knocking something over, running through a maze, picking something up, lifting a lever, or retrieving an item and bringing it back to “base.”

The current camp runs through Thursday. The next four-day, beginner’s camp starts June 24. According to Gelhaus, nine campers have so far enrolled for the June 24 to 27 session, meaning there’s still plenty of room for more.

The associate director also reminded that an intermediate LEGO Robotics camp session, July 22 to 25; and an advanced session July 29 to August 1, are both also only “half full” at the moment.

“We’d certainly like to have some more kids sign up,” he said.

Gelhaus welcomed all Decatur County kids interested in participating to email him at ryang@dcfymca.org or to call at 663-9622.

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011

 

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