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Students learn about programming robots during camp (with video)

Robotics Group
Kelly Xu, left, a Calhoun High School junior; UHV senior Randall Jasek; Travis Cunningham, a Bloomington High School junior; Samuel Scavo, a Victoria West High School freshman; and Kary Xu, a Calhoun High School sophomore; watch robots attempt to navigate a maze Tuesday as part of the UHV Robotics Summer Camp. Eleven high school students from Calhoun, Bloomington, Victoria West and Victoria East high schools and one homeschooled student are participating in the camp that started Monday and will end Friday in the UHV University North robotics lab. During the first two days, students learned how to program a robot to use color sensors to follow a line on the floor, and use sound sensors and a buffer to solve mazes. By the end of the camp, students will be learning how to program robots to communicate and cooperate to complete tasks. The camp is funded by a grant from Alcoa Foundation and managed by Amjad Nusayr, UHV assistant professor of computer science. For more information about the university’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities, please visit www.uhv.edu/stem-events.

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.