June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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A Model for Summer Robotic Camps For six years, FLATE, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Regional Center of Excellence at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida has been involved in summer robotics camps for middle school and high school students. The camps have grown from a partnership with other organizations to a fine‐tuned summer STEM experience for the students. The camp theme is robotics and uses Lego Mindstorm robots as the central tool. In addition to learning how to program the robots, use various sensors, and participate in several “challenge competitions” the campers learn about modern advanced manufacturing, design and print a name plate with SolidWorks software, and visit a local manufacturing facility. To date over 400 students have attended FLATE summer robotic camps. This paper will trace the 6 year history of this best practice STEM student experience, share the learning objectives and follow up tracking information about the student attendees.
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