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LEGO robotics summer camp concludes

Aug. 04, 2012 @ 12:11 AM

HUNTINGTON — Dozens of local students have been participating in LEGO robotics camps this summer, with the final one wrapping up at Marshall University on Friday.

Sponsored by the Rahall Transportation Institute, the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camp offered children in elementary and middle school the opportunity to design, build and program robots.

Linda Hamilton, the program specialist who works for RTI, said in her 12 years of running the LEGO league, she has seen how the experience has impacted children. They learn problem solving, she said, which is helpful whether they become engineers or writers.

As part of the First LEGO League, students must also design T-shirts and give presentations about their projects.

Andrew Harper, a 9-year-old from Hurricane, said he started playing with LEGOs when he was about 4. But he said adding robotics to a LEGO build intrigued him.

For more information about the First LEGO League and LEGO camps, contact Hamilton at hamilton@marshall.edu or call 304-696-7098.

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