Armstrong Holds Summer Robotics Workshop

(July 1, 2013) Armstrong's Engineering Studies Program, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Savannah, held its sixth two-week robotics summer workshop for young local students. Funding from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium also supported this free camp. Participants attended the workshop to gain knowledge of the fundamentals of robotics, cyber forensics, website development, hardware design, video creation, and video game technology.

“The Summer Engineering and Technology camp is the first of its kind in the area to offer this extensive breadth and combination of subjects within engineering and technology,” said Cameron Coates, associate professor and engineering studies coordinator for Armstrong. “It was designed to introduce middle and high school students to software applications in engineering, information systems, media and security technology, and inspire them to pursue or even create future STEM careers. It is our expectation, and our partners,' that a camp of this nature will improve the global competitiveness of our local students in STEM fields and also contribute to the future infusion of advanced technological and engineering innovations in the region.”

The Robotics Summer Workshop involved not only Armstrong's engineering program, but it also incorporated Armstrong's Cyber Security Research Institute and the university's Information Technology Services Department, exposing students to a variety of fields that they can pursue.

“Youth in the Summer Engineering and Technology camp have discovered math and science in a whole new context and applied their discovery in a hands-on fun learning environment,” said Terry Enoch, Savannah chapter president of the 100 Black Men of America. “I am proud that the 100 Black Men of Savannah are able to provide the bridge for students' introductions into STEM concepts and perhaps shape their aspirations for careers in the sciences.”

Approximately 70 percent of the students who have attended Armstrong's summer robotic workshop through the years have gone on to STEM-based collegiate programs. Close to 30 of those students enrolled in Armstrong to pursue STEM subjects.

For more information on Armstrong's Engineering Studies Program, call 912.344.2576.