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HaYwIrE Team 1569 Summer Camp planned at Idaho State University College of Technology in July

Posted June 11, 2009

Come out and join the high school robotics team for some summer fun at the HaYwIrE Team 1569 Summer Camp. Kids between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to attend this five-day summer camp, which mimics the annual FIRST Robotics program at the high school level and is actually taught by the team members and coaches.

Students will get a chance to design, build, program, test and actually run VEX robots (about 1 cubic foot and about 5 pounds). In addition, they will get a chance to run the 150 pound WTBTNOR, this year’s robot that got the team to the grand championships.

Due to the popularity of last year’s camp, the Team is offering two camp sessions thissummer: RSC 1 will be July 20–24 and RSC 2 is July 27–31. The camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Both camps will be held at the Idaho State University College of Technology, Trade and Technical Building (#51), Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The cost for each camp is $200 per camper and the money goes entirely to supporting Haywire's team budget. Students must provide their own lunches or lunch money. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

HaYwIrE (Team 1569) was created five years ago with the help of Idaho State University’s GK-12 project and Mark Edwards. It was one of the first high school teams in Idaho. The team is made up of students from all four high schools in School District 25. The team has over 25 students and many mentors and volunteers who compete each year in a new game that is revealed to every team worldwide the first Saturday in January. Because of this program, many students who didn’t believe they could go to college are now making it big with scholarships in science, technology and engineering.

FIRST stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” It has grown from just a couple teams to worldwide consortium of students, mentors and volunteers, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. It isn’t just about winning. FIRST teaches students who participate what it means to be a team, creativity, communication skills, gracious professionalism, and much more. For more information about FIRST, visit www.usfirst.org.

For more information about this camp, contact Mark Edwards at (208) 244-1040 or haywireRSC@gmail.com.