SCC hosts summer robotics camp

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Seven girls recently participated in Surry Community College’s Robotics Camp. The campers are pictured from left to right: (front row) Cadence Wilkins of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Anna Dowell and Jessi Delacruz both of Cana; (back row) Isabella Martin of Stuart, Lisbeidy Sanchez of Boonville, N.C., Abby Moser of Mount Airy, N.C., and Payton Howell of Boonville.
Seventeen boys recently participated in Surry Community College’s Robotics Camp. The campers are pictured from left to right: (front row) Kyler Terry, KJ Haynie, Carter Utt and Kaden Haynie, all of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Benjamin Hiatt of Ararat, Benjamin Delacruz of Cana, Andrew Johnson of Dobson, N.C., Jack Baker of Westfield, N.C., Alex Jenkins of Dobson; (back row) Hunter Hunter Pavlansky of Yadkinville, N.C., Nathan Dowell of Cana, Shelton Rook of White Plains, N.C., Daniel Durham of Elkin, N.C., Javontaa Cox of Asheville, N.C., Chandler Pharr of Mount Airy, N.C., Micah Russell of Lowgap, N.C., and Hunter Terrell of Mount Airy.

Russell Jones’s classroom was full June 27-30. That’s not uncommon for Surry Community College’s lead electronics engineering instructor, but this time the students in Jones’s class were much younger than those he usually teaches.

Jones excitedly welcomed children ages 10 through 15 with an interest in robotics and electronics engineering to Surry’s Robotics Camp. The camp, broken into one section for girls and one for boys, gave participants an opportunity to work with some of the equipment that Surry’s own electronics engineering students learn on every day.

Not only did children leave the camp with a robot they built on their own, but they also left with a camp T-shirt, invaluable engineering skills, and memories to last a lifetime.

The seven female campers were Jessi Delacruz and Anna Dowell, both of Cana, Payton Howell of Boonville, N.C., Isabella Martin of Stuart, Abby Moser of Mount Airy, N.C., Lisbeidy Sanchez of Boonville, N.C., and Cadence Wilkins of Pilot Mountain, N.C.

The 17 male campers were Jack Baker of Westfield, N.C., Javontaa Cox of Asheville, N.C., Benjamin Delacruz and Nathan Dowell, both of Cana, Daniel Durham of Elkin, N.C., Kaden Haynie and KJ Haynie, both of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Benjamin Hiatt of Ararat, Alex Jenkins and Andrew Johnson, both of Dobson, N.C., Hunter Pavlanksy of Yadkinville, N.C., Chandler Pharr of Mount Airy, Shelton Rook of White Plains, N.C., Micah Russell of Lowgap, N.C., Hunter Terrell of Mount Airy, Kyler Terry and Carter Utt, both of Pilot Mountain.

Surry is also hosting an Art Camp, Volleyball Camp, and an Old Time and Traditional Music Camp in July. To learn more about SCC’s camp offerings, visit www.surry.edu or contact Student and Community Engagement Coordinator Kasey Martin at (336) 386-3468 or martinkr@surry.edu.