DOBSON — Twenty-five children ages 8 through 12 were recently able to experience what it would be like to be an electronics engineer at the Early Engineers Camp at Surry Community College.
Participants gained hands-on experience with learning how to control and mix colors through LED lights and how to create their own music through an electronic piano. They worked with Baxter the Robot on a number of electrifying tasks and competed with robotic cars.
“The Early Engineers Camp at SCC was extremely successful,” reported Kasey Martin, coordinator of Student and Community Engagement at the college. “This was our second year having the camp, and the turnout was great. In fact, it was so popular, we had a waiting list.”
One of the campers’ favorite activities was the Sumo Robot competition in which small robots battled to push each other out of an arena. Campers enthusiastically cheered their favorite robots in the elimination style competition.
“We all had a great time during this year’s Early Engineers Camp. I thought the camp was very successful in introducing kids to the world of engineering and electronics,” said Dr. Clayton Workman the Lead Instructor of Electronics Engineering. “I hope that the camp inspired the kids to continue to explore the world of engineering and how things work. I also hope that we see many of these same kids enroll in technical degree programs at Surry Community College when they reach high school and college ages.”