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Bloomfield Hills Girls Learn Robotics and Animation in Camp

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(Bloomfield Hills Schools, Aug. 30, 2014)

The STEM Girls’ Robotics and Animation Camp was a great way to exercise young minds earlier this month. Girls in third through eighth grade attended the camp to learn the basics of computer animation. They also programmed and built robots using LEGO Mindstorms- kits that contain a microcomputer brick and programming software to create customizable robots.

STEM, an acronym ctechadreferring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, could also be a synonym for fun! Each student happily focused on their work, yet would stop and smile as they watched each group test out their robots. One group created a spider robot that skittered across the floor!

Beste Aydin prepared the curriculum and organized the camp for girls, making it free to participate. Aydin explained that in addition to STEM academics, robotics teams teach important skills such as design, budgeting, planning community events, fundraising, managing and teamwork. “I really enjoy teaching,” Ayden said, “It seed030_cynthia_douglasmakes me happy when students are excited about their accomplishments. I want to inspire more girls to be involved.”

Many of the volunteers at the camp are robotics teammates of the Bionic Black Hawks. “It has been really inspiring watching students want to learn more and work hard,” Anagha Kramadhati reflected. Francesca Ferrara added that her favorite part was “seeing girls learn about robotics and continue to develop their skills.”

The STEM Girls’ Robotics and Animation Camp thanks Bloomfield Hills High School for hosting the camp and the Bionic Blackhawks Robotics Team for their continued support.

For more on Bloomfield Hills Schools see http://www.bloomfield.org.

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