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Heartland Health Hosts Robotics Camp

Middle school students spent at week at Heartland Foundation learning about science, technology, engineering and math.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) More than a dozen students, in grades 5th through 8th, spent their last week of summer at the Heartland Foundation learning about science, technology, engineering and math.

Students at the NXT Robotics Camp built their own robots made from LEGO products.

"Science: we're using the inquiry method. Technology: we're using our computers and our robots, I think would be considered a form of technology. Engineering: We're using the engineering design process and often I do have engineers come and assist during our classes. And mathematics, because we can't write our programs without it," said the S.T.E.M. Facilitator, Joan Wann.

The camp allowed students to not only better their math skills, but to learn how to work as a team.

"The programming causes them to solves problems, and to think critically, to be creative," said Wann. "We also have done a lot of work in working in teams and in collaboration."

Working together helped some campers map out their dream job.

"I would like to work at a place called Mojang. They have created one of my favorite games, Minecraft, and I'd like to help them cut on that game," said 10-year-old Jack Turner.

Turner is the youngest student in the program. He and his camp partner, Alexander Chavez, are no strangers to technology.

"I have been doing programming for about one year [modifying] different sorts games," said Turner.
"I've kinda been interested in engineering and building things my whole life," said Alexander Chavez

Chavez, 11, said his favorite part about the camp is watching the robots work.

"The light censor, if it detects dark, it will just shut off. And then on the sound, if you put it on a limited, it can run until you clap really loud or yell at it or something," said Chavez.

The students get a chance to showcase their work on the final day of camp, which is August 16.
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