Community Service

Minecraft, Robots and Games. Oh, My!

September 18, 2017

Jennifer Powell

CMO of Installation & Service Technologies (IST)

Kids are the future of technology as we have seen firsthand, and we have once again lived out this realization through our involvement with iD Tech Camps.

This summer it was our pleasure to sponsor eight local students to attend iD Tech’s week-long camps where kids from elementary to high school had the opportunity to learn about the 21st century’s world of technology, including coding, game design, 3D printing, robotics, engineering, video production and more. iD Tech Camps created a flagship program that blends world-class instruction with fun activities for a well-balanced experience of technology and fun.

Hosted at Southern Methodist University, sponsored campers created, explored and put their problem-solving skills to the test by building maps and creating resource packs in Minecraft through learning the program’s Java code. In addition, campers worked in teams to engineer robotics powered by the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Base Set and software.

 

The full camp experience wouldn’t be complete without sunshine and activities. Campers used SMU’s outside facilities to enjoy tug-of-war, team building exercises and games.

By the end of each week, the students came away with an understanding of what engineering, hardware and coding have to offer. While working in the technology industry takes a great amount of teamwork, it can be extremely fun!

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