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Summer camp No. 2: Protocamp

By Robin Dearing

First Margaret went to music camp, then last week she went to Protocamp. Protocamp is a robotics camp for middle school students sponsored by Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College.

This was Mar's second year at Protocamp. Last year she had a tough time. I don't know if it's because her dad is one of the directors or what, but she made a complete turnaround this year. Thank goodness.

She enjoyed herself and said she learned lots. But that's what most of the kids say about Protocamp.

For a week, the campers are put into teams of three. They work together to learn to build, operate and reverse engineer remote-controlled robots. The final day, they have a competition.  The team members take turns operating the robot in each round. The goal is to move the balls from their playing field into the opponents' playing field. There is a low wall separating the two fields. There are round balls which can be pushed under the wall and football-shaped balls which need to be picked up and pitched over the wall.

It didn't matter if my kid was competing or not, I was biting my nails through each competition. The determination on their faces was evident. I wanted to see each camper succeed and for their hard work to payoff. 

As with every competition, there were winners and there were ... uh, those who did not win. The knowledge they gained makes them all at least smarter and that's always a good thing.

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Thanks for all the photo of camp, got to see my Great Nephew in action!

You’re welcome, Alveda. Colby and his team won the competition soundly. They did a great job.




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