How do Crazy Smart Girls Spend Summer Vacation? Building Robots to Help People
During the Women in Robotics Summer Youth Program at Michigan Tech this week, 23 girls going into sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grades are learning to program, model, wire, troubleshoot and construct two robots, the GUPPIE and the Neu-pulator.
The purpose of the camp is to teach participants how robots can assist humans in exploring the environment and can otherwise benefit us and improve quality of life.
But the approach to learning isn’t the typical classroom environment.
“Everything that we do is learn and play so students internalize what they learn,” says Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM). “They take the games seriously because they are implementing their concepts. At the end, they put all the components together and make it work to play.”
The final three days of the camp are devoted to building the GUPPIEs and Neu-pulators, then testing the robots. Tomorrow will be about swimming with the GUPPIEs and playing games using the Neu-pulators.
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