WVU Engineering Challenge Camp features ‘Engineering in Coding’

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A variety of Engineering Challenge Camps are being offered at WVU’s Statler College of Engineering this summer.  This week, students are taking part in ‘Engineering in Coding’. 

“So really I think ,in the future anyway, that a lot of people will at least be able to have to know some kind of coding, so having this foundation to get them to start to think in that direction is definitely pivotal and it might set them apart from their peers,” said Alexa Anderson, counselor. 

They were walked through an introduction to programming with ‘Lego Mindstorms’. This is a software hardware produced by Lego for the development of programmable robots. 

“They were actually able to design a program however they wanted to. Whether they wanted it to turn, or run this way, or follow an obstacle course. They designed a program that their robot would actually be able to execute,” said Anderson. 

“It’s just a general idea on how to work the interface. And how to move your robot around. I actually have had four years of previous experience so I’ve been around doing a bit of teaching here on how to use move blocks and the sensors,” said Jonah Hughes, camper. 

“So they did a lot of problem solving, maybe it didn’t work. They’d go back and revise it. But they worked as teams, and they did a really good job with that this morning,” said Anderson. 
This camp gives students exposure to many aspects of computer science. 

“This is a really great way for them to see ‘oh I really might like this. I might think about going and pursuing a career involved with coding or computer science, or robotics. Or while they’re here as well, they kind of get to touch on the different types of engineering that we offer here at WVU, so that’s pretty cool that they get exposure to all of that at such a young age, during this crucial time when they’re kind of making up their minds on what they want to do with the rest of their lives,” said Anderson. 

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