Spotlight on youth: Future engineers put their robotics skills to the test

 Students learning about robotics at UAA's Summer Engineering Program.
Students learning about robotics at UAA's Summer Engineering Program. (KTUU)
Published: Aug. 7, 2019 at 9:10 AM AKDT
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Processors, programming and putting together your very own robotic car. It's just a day in the life of youth at UAA's Summer Engineering Program.

In this week's spotlight on youth, Channel 2's Ariane Aramburo dropped in on one of the program's last sessions before kids head back to school to see some future engineers hard at work.

"This little thing can navigate a maze or go around walls and it can do a lot of cool stuff," said 14-year-old Michael Barnes.

He's one of many students putting his design to the test. The idea is for his robotic car to navigate a maze by itself.

"It's supposed to sense the wall, turn left a little then turn back on track," added 17-year old Vihan Garg.

UAA'S Summer Engineering Program is designed to encourage interest around the field of S.T.E.M. Something Garg's been interested in since 6th grade.

"What I really enjoyed was that there was a program being offered for people in my age group," he said.

The program offers a number of different themes throughout the summer. Everything from bridge building to aerodynamics, but during this particular visit, it was all about robotics.

"I thought that it would be really interesting to learn new format, the coding, the building, everything involved in the robotics," said Garg.

"It's really good cause it can get kids interested in this kind of stuff when they're younger so that when they're an adult they have some experience and they kind of know if they like it or not," said Barnes.

The program wrapped up for the summer, but if you're interested in next summer, there's an application process.


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