IHCC holds its first Girls and Robots Camp

IHCC Girls and Robots Camp

Indian Hills Community College hosted their first ever summer robotics camp for girls on Tuesday.

The small group spent the morning building and programming their own robots, and after lunch, they got to operate their robots, steering it with a control attached to a computer. The robots could even life and crush empty soda bottles. Camp instructor Jeff Henderson says the camp is not only fun, but many employers have a high demand for hiring people with a robotics background. The girls who signed up ranged from ages 10-14.

â??I just love robots because itâ??s so fun telling it what to do, making it move around,â?? camp participant Alexandrea Woudemberg said.

â??The way the camp is set up is that they have a guide that explains to them how to build the robot and the different steps, and then they follow it,â?? Henderson said. â??So this is the first time they got to use hand tools and doing a lot of electrical connections, so it's all hands on and I just step around and help them when they've got questions on how to put something together, but they built the whole robot themselves.â??

The next Girls & Robots Camp (GNR) will be held at the Indian Hills Technology Center on July 3 and August 1. Students must be entering the 8th, 9th, 10th,11th and 12th grades to sign up. You can enroll by calling the Indian Hills Tech Center at 641-969-4167. The cost is $10.