Rising ninth-graders Jacob Westlund and Alex Van Aacken recently attended Robotics Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge®, U.S. Cyber Camp® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership, and decision-making.
This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for programming and engineering. Using the Office of Naval Research’s SeaPerch undersea robotics, Jacob, Alex, and their teammates grew their teamwork and leadership skills while learning engineering, programming, and wireless control concepts using LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 technology, testing payloads on unmanned aerial vehicles, and creating and piloting underwater robots.
Jacob and Alex's team, team Sentar, won the Prime Contract award at graduation.