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Through the Texas Workforce Commission’s Camp Code grant, STC’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing was awarded more than $43,000 to enable 72 middle school students in grades 6 through 8 to attend summer camps focused on STEM concepts. I was. His TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez (above), representing workers, visited the students in his July.Provided image
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La Jolla, Texas – South Texas College opens up a world of possibilities for young students seeking an early introduction to computer science, information technology, mathematics and engineering.

A $43,496 Texas Workforce Commission Camp Code grant was awarded to STC’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) to expose a total of 72 students from La Joya Independent School District middle schools to summer camps and exposure to science concepts. is ready. Engineering, engineering, mathematics (STEM), robotics, and computer programming projects using small computers called microcontrollers (MCUs).

Using MCUs such as the Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi, students at this camp created their own “smart cars” and uploaded code that enabled the vehicles to perform various functions.

Students also prototyped various electronic projects utilizing various components such as LED lights, electrical wiring, push buttons, buzzers, and ultrasonic distance sensors.

“Students build the car in the first day or two, then make sure everything works and is wired correctly before uploading the code to the car so it can perform various functions. ” said Nicholas Hinojosa of the School of Computer and Information Technology, who was teaching students at the camp. “Students can program their cars to avoid and chase obstacles and obstacles. You can control it using a remote control or Bluetooth.”

Twelve-year-old Brittany Rodriguez was one of the students at Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School in La Jolla who attended the camp. Rodriguez said he has attended similar computer camps in the past and hopes to pursue a career in engineering or a similar field where he can learn about electricity and energy.

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“I learned a lot, how to code, how to use wires properly, especially how to be careful when creating things like robots,” Rodriguez said. “It’s all about learning how to do things right and being patient because building robots can be frustrating. We just had to do our best.”

Camp Code was founded by the Texas Workforce Commission to increase interest in STEM-related careers, increase exposure to coding and programming among middle school students in Texas, and increase interest in STEM, especially among girls and women. increase.

Grants are awarded to innovative school districts, colleges, universities, and institutions of higher learning to provide hands-on experience in innovative learning, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

“Camp Code scholarships offer young middle school students a great opportunity to participate in creating tomorrow’s technology. immersed in STEM fields.There are many careers for them to choose from.Thanks to South Texas College for partnering with La Joya ISD to provide students with real-world STEM applications.”