Get to know two ITEC summer campers who became good friends after meeting at an ITEC Lego Robotics camp at the Oak Park YMCA. Alex B. (left in photo) is 10 and Pavel S. (right in photo) is 9, and the two enjoyed building five robots during their week long camp as well as creating a lasting friendship.
Q: What did you like most about your camp?
Pavel: Building robots and meeting new friends like Alex.
Alex: Same, but we also got to do something different everyday which was fun.
Q: Why did you take the Lego Robotics camp?
Pavel: My mom signed me up, but I had never done it before so I was really excited. Plus you get to use the computer to work on projects.
Alex: I always wanted to build a robot, and I love building with Legos.
Q: Why do you believe science and math is important?
Pavel: I have no idea what the world would be like without math. It’s used in everything. You can’t even make toast without math.
Alex: Without science we wouldn’t have computers. We couldn’t design shoes. Math and science have to do with everything.
Q: Have you taken any other ITEC summer camps?
Alex: I took game design and I really enjoyed it. It was cool to make your own game and play it afterwards.
Pavel: I’m taking game design in two weeks, and I’m really excited for it.
Q: What did you learn from the Lego Robotics camp?
Both: Nothing would work if you didn’t put your mind to it. One of our robots was not working right, but we saw it through the end made the best of it even through the challenges.[hr]
Check out the “Claw Striker” robot the dynamic duo created during their ITEC summer camp: