UTEP Mechanical Engineering Partners with Insights to Offer Summer Course in Drone Programming
LUCERO FIERRO | July 23, 2018
What: Insights Drone Programming Summer Camp
When: July 30 – Aug 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: UTEP Fox Fine Arts Center, Room 256, 500 W University Ave M301, El Paso, TX 79968
UTEP will be hosting a weeklong summer camp that will provide a fun and engaging environment for kids to dive into scientific activities. Along with Insights, the Federal Aviation Administration and NMSUs Physical Science Laboratory, the camp aims to teach young kids the basic concepts of programming, how to create simple commands and how to operate unmanned vehicles. Students will solve problems using new skills in programming, aviation and 3-D printing.
"Kids will be able to see the immediate translation from coding to something following your command," Meghan Curry, program manager at Insights said.
Campers will be under the supervision of certified professionals and undergraduate UTEP students training to become math and science teachers. They will be working with small two-wheeled vehicles and drones programmed not to fly above 20 feet for safety purposes.
"This is a fun way to get kids interested in engineering," Curry said.
Insights camps use topics in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to provide hands-on activities for the children to engage during the summer before school starts.
"We are very excited about the summer camp and I can't wait for it to start," Patricia Uptergrove, project specialist for the MMA southwest program at UTEP said.
Campers are asked to bring their own lunch.
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