Hi-Ed summer camp gets robotic shot in the arm

Photo submitted to the Times Observer John Lasher, executive director of the Community Foundation of Warren County presents a check to Jesse DeLoof, School to Work Coordinator at Warren-Forest Higher Education Council (Hi-Ed).

The Warren-Forest Higher Education Council (Hi-Ed) School To Work Partnership recently received a donation of $4,120 from the Wendy Woodall Fund of the Community Foundation of Warren County to purchase 10 new LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits for the LEGO Robotics Summer Camp.

As one of the Partnerships most popular summer camps, the week of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) development has Warren youth learning about mechanical design, construction, programming, and teamwork skills. Campers work in small teams using LEGO blocks, motors and sensors as they program their robots to move, react and make sounds in order to solve challenges. Students also take a field trip to Betts Industries to see industrial robots in action.

John Lasher, executive director of the Community Foundation of Warren County, presented the check to Jesse DeLoof, School to Work coordinator at Hi-Ed. Lasher started the LEGO Robotics program five years ago when he worked for Hi-Ed as the School to Work coordinator.

The LEGO Robotics camp is open to middle-school students who have finished grades five through eight and runs from June 10 to 14.

Hi-Ed is offering three other camps this summer, including a Wilderness Camp (June 10 to 14), a Film Camp (June 17 to 21) and a Space Camp (June 24 to 28).

To register your child for the camp, call Hi-Ed at (814) 723-3222 or visit Hi-Ed.org.

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