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LEGO summer camps at University of St. Francis feature robotics

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June 13, 2012

LEGO summer camps at University of St. Francis feature robotics
Registration under way for camps beginning in July

JOLIET, Ill. – For 80 years, children have played with LEGO® blocks, building anything and everything their imaginations could cook up. This summer, University of St. Francis (USF) is giving rising 6th through 12th graders another way to explore this favorite childhood toy.
USF is hosting a LEGO Mindstorms Robotics camp beginning in July. The camps offers students the opportunity to work with LEGO NXT technology in order to design, assemble and program robots. The camps are hands-on and have activities for both the beginner and advanced user.
“This is a great opportunity for students to have fun with a familiar toy from their childhood while developing skills in a variety of areas including computer science, engineering, electronics and mathematics,” said Jarrod Cupps, USF graduate and instructor of the class. “The class is designed to enhance a new programmer’s learning experience while still meeting the needs of an advanced programmer.”
Students will work in teams of two to build a LEGO Mindstorm Robot and program it to perform basic activities. They also will experience the competitive side of robotics and have a mini-tournament at the end of the camp.
“LEGO Robotics continues to be one of the sought-after camps around the country,” said Cupps. “This camp is not only extremely fun and creative, it is also highly educational and an excellent way to build team building skills.”
Students must first register for the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics I camp with ROBOT “C” Software. There are two sessions to choose from: Session A is July 2-6 (no class on July 4) from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and Session D is July 9-13 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $199 for the first child; siblings may register for $179.
LEGO Mindstorms Robotics II, II, and IV with ROBOT “C” Software increase in complexity with each of the classes. Each session is $199 for the first child; siblings may register for $179. Robotics II is July 16-20, Robotics II, is July 23-27, and Robotics IV is July 30-Aug. 3. All classes are held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register for the LEGO Mindstorm camps or for more information on this and the other summer camps available for middle school and high school students, visit www.stfrancis.edu/summercamps or call (815) 740-3600.
The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering 40 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs and 15 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. Programs are offered in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.

Contact:
Nancy Pohlman
(815) 740-3379
npohlman@stfrancis.edu

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