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Southeastern hosts summer camps for area youth to explore fields of study and potential career paths

Thursday, July 31, 2014 

RoboFit camp participant Mason Delahoussaye of Madisonville prepares to catch a rock being carried by a Louisiana State Police bomb squad robot.


Nearly 50 local middle and high school students received hands-on experience and first-hand exposure to robotics and other computer-related technologies, as well as a bit of physical activity, during Southeastern's recent RoboFit Summer Camp. This camp was just one of many hosted on the university's campus this summer, giving area youth the opportunity to explore fields of study and potential career paths.

Sponsored by Southeastern's Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology with financial support from university business partner Dow Chemical, the RoboFit camp featured activities like building robots to perform a variety of tasks, observing robotic technologies in action – including a demonstration of a Louisiana State Police bomb squad robot – and operating helicopter drones. Participants also enjoyed an afternoon of swimming, physical activity and a lesson on balance and wellness.

"My interests are in engineering and robotics, and I wanted to get a little experience and learn more about robotics," said RoboFit camp participant Michael Kraemar, a student at the Silliman Institute in Clinton. "The camp was a perfect fit for me."

This year's summer camps included recreational sports, music, art, technology and career exploration in a variety of fields. Several Southeastern students assisted as camp counselors, while faculty and staff participated in planning and executing the events.

Summer camp opportunities are posted to Southeastern's website each year during the spring semester. For more information about Southeastern's summer camps, visit www.southeastern.edu/outreach/summer.

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