NICBotCamps surpass 700 students

NICBotCamp participant Sarah McQueen works on her card shuffling robot for the showcase.

NICBotCamps came alive in the halls of NIC again this summer with beginner and advanced camps as well as a Girls Only camp held in Comox.

A total of 226 students, including 45 girls and 20 self-identified Indigenous learners, learned valuable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills in the robotics camps. Participants were able to build, program and control robots in a fun, hands-on week-long camp.

In the past four years, more than 700 students have participated. The growth in the NICBotCamps exemplifies the importance of offering STEM-related, hands-on learning to Northern Vancouver Island students, says CARTI manager, Naomi Tabata.

Funding was received for these camps from Navigate NIDES, Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia, BC Hydro, The Hamber Foundation, Houle Electric, Campbell River Creative Industries Council, and the Government of Canada.

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