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Robotics Camp For Kids Slated For School Vacation Week

Boy proudly holding his completed robot

South Burlington--Military kids are invited to sign up now for a free robotics camp planned for school vacation week, Feb. 24-28.

The day camp, which will be held at the Burlington Air National Guard Base near the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington, will provide a fun, hands-on opportunity to explore technology. Campers will design, build and program LEGOS and junk robots to move and perform a number of different tasks, using iPads to record their progress and results.

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) will host the camp, which is based on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Tech Wizards curriculum. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Parents may drop kids off between 8 and 8:30 a.m. with pick-up between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

Registrations will be accepted until Feb. 17 or the camp is full. While priority will be given to students in grades 4 through 8 with a parent or guardian in the Vermont National Guard or armed services, space permitting, non-military kids also may attend.

To register, go to https://omk-camp-feb2014.eventbrite.com. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact OMK Coordinator Stephanie Atwood at stephanie.atwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-0346 by Feb. 10.

No experience working with robotics is required to participate. All materials will be furnished although campers should plan to bring their own brown-bag lunch and beverage every day. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Alyson Wall, OMK youth programs specialist/AmeriCorps state member, at (802) 656-0736 or alyson.wall@uvm.edu.

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