Robotics camp prepares students for competition


There’s a new opportunity for students interested in building their own robots and even competing in robotics competitions.

Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC) is offering a first-year VEX robotics camp that is designed to help students prepare to compete in a robotics competition.

The three-day camp will be held August 9, 10 and 11, and will teach area students how to build and program their own robots.

SCCTC Central Office Administrator Josh Shoemaker explained that in addition to working with instructors, students will have the opportunity to learn from VEX professionals from across the state.

Such camps are typically $800; however, this year the local camp will be free of charge in hopes of growing the field of robotics and engineering in southern Ohio and Scioto County.

Students participating in the camp will be encouraged to further expand their knowledge by taking engineering classes at their local school districts. Shoemaker explained that SCCTC has eight engineering programs in local school districts. The camp will also prepare students to take part in VEX robotics teams at each of the eight schools that will compete at the county and state level throughout the school year.

Last year, SCCTC hosted one state robotics competition, bringing in 100 students from approximately 20 schools.

“It was very successful, which is why we will be expanding from one competition to three next school year,” Shoemaker stated.

The county competition is planned for fall with state competitions to follow in the winter.

The summer robotics camp will be held at SCCTC and will begin each day at 9 a.m. It is being offered by RamTech. RamTech offers robotics and advanced manufacturing training for high school students and adults. For more information about the summer robotics camp, contact Josh Shoemaker at 740-259-5522.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.