PSU Adventures in Robotics Workshop

Published 07/15 2014 07:08PM

Updated 07/15 2014 08:37PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- Children ages 9 to 14 are attending the "Adventures in Robotics" workshop this week inside the laboratories at the Kansas Technology Center. Hannah Eckstein says this is her first year attending the workshop, and thinks it will lead her on the right career path. 

"Even though robotics may seem pretty scary at first, that it's actually pretty simple and programming. People, can help you, help me along in life, especially in different careers," said Hannah Eckstein, Adventures in Robotics student.

This week, kids are participating in a series of hands-on workshops that are teaching them teamwork, basic robotics, and electro-mechanics. 

"It is very, very cool. That something that seems so simple, like Legos, can come to life how it is," said Eckstein. 
Students learned how to create robots with Legos and small electric motors made out of cups, paper clips and wires.

"I made a car, and I programmed it several times, sort of," said Atticus Johnson, Adventures in Robotics student.

Pittsburg State University College of Engineering staff were there to assist students as they explored the world of robotics. 

"This is probably my favorite two weeks out of the year. It's also one of the most tiring. There's a lot of energy in the room when you deal with this age group. But I love doing this," said Randy Winzer, Professor of Engineering and Technology at PSU.

The Adventures in Robotics program has been hosted at PSU for the past 12 years. PSU employees say they have seen students in the past, start out at the workshop and eventually continue a career in engineering.

"America needs leaders in science and technology, engineering and math, and those are difficult subjects. And so we're trying to inspire this generation to want to study those subjects and learn about those subjects," said Winzer. 

The Adventures in Robotics workshop is so popular that there has been a waiting list for the camp starting months in advance. The workshop will have a second session beginning next week and will include more advanced robotic activities.

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