Andrea Peach always aims to educate – on so many levels – when she puts on the Georgetown College Robot Camp. And, this summer, as the relatively new Associate Dean of Graduate Education, she has amped up the interest with a very topical theme: Destination Japan.

The robotics team from Fayette County's Northern Elementary at a competition here in April with the GC Tiger mascot. From left: Alex Clark, Fabian Martinez, Ashley James, Rene Salgado. Ashley will be attending the GC robotics camp this summer.

“Each year, we choose a theme that helps students understand how robotics affect their local and global community. This year’s theme seemed especially appropriate, given how the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has made such an impact with local businesses – especially Toyota,” Dr. Peach said.

For the eighth straight year, Georgetown’s robotics camp will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. – June 20-24 for middle school students, and July 11-15 for elementary. The camp is $100 ($75 for GC faculty, staff, students and alumni), but Peach offers scholarships based on financial need. No previous experience is needed.

Students will use Lego Mindstorm Robotics kits at camp to create and program robots that will perform specific tasks. Each day, a new challenge will be given and, on the last day, the students will participate in a ‘Last Robot Standing’ tournament. Students who have attended the middle school camp before will advance their skills through participation in a Lego League-type challenge.

Destination Japan also works, Peach pointed out, because students will be excited to learn that (a) the Japanese used robots to help work on the nuclear plant disaster, and (b) Japan is very innovative when it comes to robots in general – especially in manufacturing and even in leisure and recreation.

“At Georgetown College, we strive to better prepare our college students for the ever-changing global workplace,” she added. “So we want our very enthusiastic and inquisitive elementary and middle school campers be exposed to global issues so that they will be ready for the future.”

There’s still time to register your elementary school student in the July camp, but you must fill out this online form by 5 p.m., Friday (June 17) for the middle school camp that begins Monday, June 20. To register for the camp or for more information, visit the website at