SCCTC opens robotics prog to public

By Nikki Blankenship - [email protected]

Scioto County Career and Technical Center will be holding an open house at 11 a.m. Tuesday to show of the growing robotics program that is gearing up to welcome are children for the upcoming robotics camp.

There’s a new opportunity for students interested in building their own robots and even competing in robotics competitions. SCCTC is offering an first-year VEX robotics camp that is designed to help students prepare to compete in a robotics competition.

The camp will be August 9, 10 and and 11 and will teach area students how to build and program their own robots.

SCCTC Central Office Administrator Josh Shoemaker explained that in addition to working with instructors, students will have the opportunity to learn from VEX professionals from across the state.

Such camps are typically $800; however, this year, the local camp will be free of charge in hopes of growing the field of robotics and engineering in southern Ohio.

Students participating in the camp will be encouraged to further expand their knowledge by taking engineering classes at their local schools. Shoemaker explained that SCCTC has eight engineering programs in local school districts. The camp will also prepare students to take part in VEX robotics teams that will compete at the county and state level throughout the school year.

Last year, SCCTC hosted one state robotics competition bringing in 100 students from approximately 20 schools.

“It was very successful, which is why we will be expanding from one competition to three next school year,” Shoemaker stated.

The county competition is planned for fall with state competitions to follow in the winter.

The summer robotics camp will be held at SCCTC and will begin each day at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Josh Shoemaker at 740-259-5522.

By Nikki Blankenship

[email protected]

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.