May 12, 2010

SIUC to host Beginning Robotics Camp

by Amanda Scott

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The popular Southern Illinois University Carbondale Beginning Robotics Camp returns to campus June 28-July 1 at the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

This commuter camp is for students ages 11-15. The camp focuses on basic electronics and programming. Participants will each get a “Boe-Bot” robotics kit and they’ll be able to take their robots home following the public competition and demonstration on the last afternoon of the camp.

Robotics Camp directors Ralph Tate and Martin Hebel are SIUC faculty members in electronic systems technologies. Their University students designed and programmed “DawgZooka,” a high-powered, radio controlled “gun” that shoots T-shirts into the upper levels of the arena at Saluki home basketball games. Their students have also appeared on “Robot Rivals,” a DIY Network robotics television show.

Registration for Beginning Robotics Camp is $275 and due by June 7. The camp enrollment is limited to 20 participants so early registration is encouraged.

To register or find out more about the camp contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at