May 11, 2011

Two robotics camps available this summer

by Nicole Trainor

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- There will be two of the ever-popular robotics camps at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this summer.

The Electronic Systems Technologies Program in the College of Applied Science and Arts is working with the Division of Continuing Education to offer Beginning Robotics with “Boe-Bot” Camp June 27-30, and Advanced Robotics with VEX July 17-21. Both camps will be at the College of Applied Sciences and Arts building on the SIUC campus.

Beginning Robotics is for students ages 11-15 and focuses on basic electronics and programming. Participants will take home their “Boe-Bot” robotics kit following the public competition/demonstration on the last afternoon of the camp. This camp is for commuters only.

Registration for Beginning Robotics Camp is $225 and due no later than June 6. Since the camp enrollment is limited to 20 participants, organizers recommend early registration.

Advanced Robotics is for students ages 13-18 and will focus on mechanical systems, control systems and programming along with sensors for autonomous control. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they learn in team competitions.

Registration for Advanced Robotics Camp is $375 for overnight campers or $275 for commuters. The fee for commuters includes all dinners (Sunday-Wednesday), all lunches (Monday-Thursday) and materials. The cost for those staying overnight includes all meals and four nights lodging as well as materials. Participants must register by June 6. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants so sign up early.

Martin Hebel, associate professor of electronic systems technologies, is the director of the robotics camps. His students designed and programmed the “DawgZooka,” the high-powered, radio controlled “gun” that shoots T-shirts into the upper reaches of the SIU Arena during Saluki basketball games. His students have also appeared on “Robot Rivals,” a televised DIY Network robotics show.

To register, or for more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at