High school students assemble, program robots during UHV robotics camp

Tim Nguyen of Palacios, left, and Brandon Hablinsky of Katy watch Nguyen’s robot proceed through a maze Tuesday during the University of Houston-Victoria’s Digital Simulation and Robotics Summer Camp. A total of 13 high school students are spending the week assembling and programming robots to complete the maze. The students program the robots with artificial intelligence to control movement. Funding for the camp, the UHV/Victoria College Math & Computer Science Awareness Day and a semester-long robotics course is provided by a $20,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation. The camp concludes Friday with a trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs 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, Texas, 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.

Jeremy Shapiro