Six teams of Antelope Valley middle school students will maneuver robots at a public demonstration Saturday, July 1, in Palmdale. The robots, built during a week-long workshop, will compete between 9 a.m. and noon in the gazebo area of Poncitlan Park in the Palmdale Civic Center near Ninth Street East, just south of Palmdale Boulevard.
The hands-on workshop is sponsored by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, the AERO Institute and the Lancaster High School robotics team. The high school team members will serve as mentors to the selected students in grades 7 - 9 during the workshop that begins June 26.
"The goal of the workshop and public demonstration is to provide the students with an opportunity to understand why math is important and how it can be used," said Cecilia Cordova, Dryden robotics education coordinator. "This will be accomplished through an introduction to the type of math that may be used to build robots, showing how robots are used every day, and providing a real-life experience working as a team."
Five local high schools have teams that build a robot in six weeks and participate in contests designed to test the designs. Sponsors hope this workshop will stimulate interest by middle school students in robotics before they enter high school.
Note to Editors: Media are invited to the workshop or the public demonstration. For information or reservations, call Cecilia Cordova at 661-276-3266.
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