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Parks Hosts First Robotics Tinker Camp for Students

April 6, 2015
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

robotics-group-xdh Participating students pose with their programmed robots at the Robotics Tinker Camp. (Left to right: Vignan Reddy, Xinse Zhang, Frozan Maqsoodi, Brendan Bement, Peter Iliya, Cory Seidel, Guilherme, Chirag Doshi, Richard Henry)

The SLU Robotics Club hosted the first Robotics Tinker Camp for current SLU students on March 28-29, 2015.

“Tinker camps provide an opportunity for the students to experiment, purposefully prototyping and building an effective system in a short time. The camps are a great place to learn how to work in teams, as well as, communicate effectively,” said Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D., chair of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and SLU Robotics Club Adviser.

The Robotics Tinker Camp is an internal effort aimed to provide more opportunities for hands-on learning and classroom application for current students.  

During this weekend camp, graduate, mechanical engineering student, Vignan Thanugundla, taught SLU students about the fundamentals of building a robot. After learning the basics, SLU students were challenged to build their own robot and program it to follow a maze.

“This camp is a unique opportunity for current students to apply concepts learned throughout the stages of their undergraduate career, problem solve, and work freely on multi-disciplinary platforms,” said Thanugundla.

With a great turn out from all engineering disciplines in Parks College, the SLU Robotics Club hopes to continue similar camps throughout the school year.

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