A summer helping of robots


Bellville school’s Wonder Camp lets students explore

Staff report



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Students at Bellville Elementary School recently took part in a robotics camp, in which they made how-to videos for other students to use once school starts.

Courtesy photo Students at Bellville Elementary School recently took part in a robotics camp, in which they made how-to videos for other students to use once school starts.


Courtesy photo A recent, four-day Wonder Camp at Bellville Elementary School, gave students a chance to explore robotics. The camp had four goals: to be creative, to think, to learn and to teach.


BELLVILLE — Two dozen local elementary school students may not be wondering anymore.

They’ve already gotten more familiar with robots.

A recent, four-day Wonder Camp at Bellville Elementary School, gave students a chance to explore robotics.

The camp had four goals: to be creative, to think, to learn and to teach.

Led by technology teacher Cathy Kinney, the students received an opportunity to learn how to proficiently program or code their robots to perform specific tasks.

After that, the students’ next step was to create how-to YouTube-style videos for the students to use during the upcoming school year.

“I decided to start with learning to tie a square knot,” Kinney explained. “I gave directions to the students while they were blindfolded to show how difficult it is to learn something new.

“Then, they watched YouTube videos and were able to model, pause or stop their video and make personal adjustments for each step. This transferred over to learning that a good video can help teach many things.

“The end goal for the camp was to create YouTube-style tutorials that other students will use this fall to learn how to use Dash and Dot robots.”

Kinney said that having kids teach other kids is a great way to learn.

“I would rather learn with real students than a 12-hour online course,” she said. “We had a few setbacks, but getting through it together was a real life skill.”

Students also designed obstacle courses, and using Legos they created adapters for the robots so they could load or carry items, write out “COLTS” in a parade and toss items to shoot hoops.

“I was thrilled with the learning and teamwork I saw in these kids,” Kinney said. “It was a great experience for me, and better than a 12-hour online course!”

See more photos featuring students and their robots at Wonder Camp in an online gallery on www.thebellvillestar.com

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Students at Bellville Elementary School recently took part in a robotics camp, in which they made how-to videos for other students to use once school starts.

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Students at Bellville Elementary School recently took part in a robotics camp, in which they made how-to videos for other students to use once school starts.

Courtesy photo

A recent, four-day Wonder Camp at Bellville Elementary School, gave students a chance to explore robotics. The camp had four goals: to be creative, to think, to learn and to teach.

https://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2018/08/web1_Group-Camp-5.jpgCourtesy photo

A recent, four-day Wonder Camp at Bellville Elementary School, gave students a chance to explore robotics. The camp had four goals: to be creative, to think, to learn and to teach.

Bellville school’s Wonder Camp lets students explore

Staff report