Southeastern offers computer/robotics summer camp

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: April 17, 2013


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will offer a one-week summer camp in computing and robotics for middle and high school students July 22-26.
     Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology in a partnership with the software development firm Geocent, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is priced at $25, which includes lunch each day.
     Application deadline is July 5 and space is limited. An application form can be obtained on the department's website,
     Department Head Sebastian van Delden said students will have the opportunity to work in teams to design projects they will then build and program under the guidance of Southeastern faculty.
     "The students will be using the popular NXT Mindstorm robotic system to learn the basics of computer programming in Java as well as basic engineering, industrial technology and safety," van Delden said.
     While students will be involved with mostly hands-on activities, the camp will also include lectures, guest presentations and demonstrations by Southeastern faculty and Geocent representatives, as well as tours of Southeastern's labs and facilities. Students who attend every day and actively participate in the program will be eligible to win a free IPad Mini on the final day of the camp.
     "This is a great opportunity for young people to work together in teams and to learn more about science and technology in a fun, activity-filled atmosphere," van Delden said. "We appreciate the sponsorship of Geocent, which allows us to present this camp at a very economical price."
     Geocent is a software engineering and technology company that services a wide variety of government agencies and industries. Based in Metairie, the company has offices in Baton Rouge, Charleston, and at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.




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