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Students Simulate Mars Rover Mission Using Lego Robots

IU's Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) is hosting its Ready, Set, Robots! camps for area teens in grades 7-12.

A simulated Mars rover mission took place on Indiana University’s campus this week.

It was part of the Ready, Set, Robots! camp that teaches teen’s basic computer programming skills while using LEGO Mindstorms robots.

Morgan Menden is a mentor at the camp and says he hopes the camp makes students fall in love with robotics and programming.

“They’re going to find out that critical analysis skills they learn here in programming will translate to any job they have especially IT,” he says.

This is the first year an advanced camp was offered. Campers use computer programming to lead a robot through Mars to rescue a broken down robot.

“I’ve been in robotics since fourth grade in a really big robotics competition and I am still learning a lot,” eighth-grade camper Gretchen Wheeler says.

This is the ninth consecutive year the camp was held.

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