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UHV accepting applications for high school robotics class

Up to 12 area high school students will have the chance to take a free, after-school robotics class this school year offered by the University of Houston-Victoria.

Jeffrey Di Leo

Students can apply now for the course that will teach them programming language and how to program robots to complete tasks.

The 2019-2020 Robotics, Programming and Simulation Course will begin Oct. 14 and will last all school year in the Robotics Lab in UHV University North, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The application deadline is Oct. 9, and the class will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday. The class is funded through a grant from Alcoa Foundation.

“UHV is fortunate to have supporters like Alcoa Foundation who are willing to invest in educational opportunities for the community,” said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. “The robotics class has helped many high school students discover their love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and I am pleased to see it continue this year.”

Amjad Nusayr

UHV previously offered an after-school class that lasted one semester, but this year’s class will last through the school year to give students more time to learn about and explore the possibilities of programming and functions that can be completed by robots, said Amjad Nusayr, a UHV assistant professor of computer science who will lead the class.

During the class, students will learn Python programming language, which they will use to program their robots. They also will learn about artificial intelligence programming. Throughout the school year, students will have the opportunity to put together a project to showcase during the university’s annual Math & Robotics Awareness Day in the spring.

“Robotics is a popular topic in the university’s STEM camps and classes for high school and middle school students,” Nusayr said. “This year, we wanted to do something a little different, so we are going to give students the opportunity to develop a long-term project. I’m looking forward to seeing where students’ imaginations will take them.”

To apply for the class, students should fill out an online application linked from the UHV STEM Events webpage at www.uhv.edu/stem-events/after-school-events/High-School-Robotics. For more information, contact Nusayr at nusayra@uhv.edu or 361-570-4311.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.