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Cedar Ridge Middle, Sandy High robotics groups host camp Aug. 20-22 for fourth- to eighth-graders

PMG FILE PHOTO - The three-day robotics camp from Aug. 20-22 will include opportunities for kids to design and construct their own snap-built robots and learn minimal coding. Aspiring young engineers take note: There's a summer camp just for you.

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20-22 at Cedar Ridge Middle School, Sandy High and Cedar Ridge instructors will host a robotics camp. Students in fourth- to eighth-grade are welcome to register for $100 per person. Younger children can inquire and will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

"It's a great program, and a step into the Sandy High program," said Sandy High robotics team adviser Aron Eslinger.

Members of the SHS team will help Dennis Lane, robotics instructor from Cedar Ridge, and Eslinger throughout the camp. The three-day camp will include opportunities for kids to design and construct their own snap-built robots and learn minimal coding.

"We did this last year and none of them wanted to leave," Eslinger noted. "A lot of those students went on to take Lane's class."

The $100 entry fee covers the cost of snacks and a commemorative T-shirt, and proceeds from the camp help fund a middle school-level robotics team in Sandy.

"For a lot of kids, this is their thing," Eslinger said. "This is their baseball or football. It's a great way to meet kids into the same thing they are. It's a ton of fun, too. Kids are excited to be there."

Registration is open until Aug. 16. The camp accepts kids at all skill levels.

"We want those kids who took Lane's class to come in and expand their skills and new kids, too," Eslinger added. "And, it's help getting their feet wet in what the industry looks like today. In high school, it's a program to get them graduated and into the workforce. Robotics is the new shop class."

For registration information, visit bit.ly/vexcamp.


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