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Local kids build robots during week-long summer camp

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Robots were buzzing, beeping, and maneuvering around the halls of Western Nebraska Community College Wednesday morning.
 
The WNCC Robotics Camp kicked off this week, and campers have been busy building, programming and showing off their Lego robots.

Kids built robots that could not only move, but do things like sing 'Mary Had A Little Lamb,' knock down blocks, give verbal commands, and even be navigated by a flashlight.

The kids utilized technology from a computer program and text books to build their robots.

WNCC Discovery Lab Facilitator Rod Businga says while it may seem like the kids are just having fun playing with lego robots, they're actually learning fundamental skills.
 
"Well, they have a really good time doing this kind of stuff. This is what we call STEM activities: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They get a healthy dose of all four as they learn to interact with the computer and figure out how far it is in inches on the floor and all that sort of thing."
 
The week-long WNCC Robotics Camp is held every year for kids ages 10 to 14.
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