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Urban high school students to participate in robotics camp

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Wendy Mackall

Posted on June 24, 2010

Camp Location and Hours

Helsel Hall 141
9-10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – noon
July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22


More than 40 seniors from urban high schools in Reading and Philadelphia will learn about robotics this summer during a three-week camp at California University of Pennsylvania.

The robotics course is part of the R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program, a multi-year initiative of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The program helps students from urban high schools in Erie, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Reading prepare for and attend college.

The course will explore and integrate skills in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - as they learn about the emerging field of robotics. Rising seniors will learn more about the different industries that use robotics technologies and will also take classes in math, composition, multimedia technology, sports management and history.

The camp will be offered in the research and learning facilities of the National Center for Robotics Engineering Technology, or NCRETE. It is part of the Robotics Corridor project established in 2005 with several regional universities, community colleges and related robotics institutions including Cal U. 

The goal of the summer camp and NCRETE is to create a technologically literate, mathematically competent workforce that provides a competitive advantage for the state and region.