ELLSWORTH – Kids in Ellsworth are putting their problem-solving skills to the test at Lego Robotics Camp.
“You get to build whatever you want and there are challenges to that,” said Sam Bach, 13, of Surry.
“I usually just guess and check, guess some thing and then check it and adjust it on the computer,” said Sam Robbins, 9, of Stonington.
They’re tasked with building robots, then using computer programs to weave them through mazes.
“I’m trying to build a speed robot, which are normally not direction-controlled because you use both motors to help it go faster,” said Bach. “But what I’m trying to do is make it so you can actually steer it.”
Campers work in teams of two to complete their missions, with help from counselors.
“Here someone can help you with it if you get stuck,” said Billy Wall, the summer camp leader. “And you get stuck a lot.”
“Usually it takes about five tries, but sometimes it can take like ten to twenty,” said Robbins.
Trial and error is a part of life, but failure can be frustrating. And organizers say that’s the point of the camp.
“Here’s something hard to do, here are the tools to do it. Try it, work at it. Fail some, fail better, and finally reach success,” said Wall.
And after all that struggling, reaching success is that much sweeter.
There is still time to register for robotics camps in Bangor, Brewer and other locations.