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FHS robotics camp dates set

The robot the FHS robotic team made to compete in the First Robotics Smokey Mountain Regional Competition this year goes through its paces.- Photo submitted
Farragut High School’s Robotics Team invites robotics enthusiasts in upcoming grades seven to nine to attend Summer Robotics Camp Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1, at FHS.

Robotics Camp will meet in the FHS Career and Technical building in room T303 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

FHS teacher Jane Skinner, who is one of the sponsors for the FHS For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Team, said participants can look forward to a variety of classes and activities throughout the weeklong camp.

“Activities will include using SolidWorks 3D computer modeling to assemble and test robotic components, an introduction to basic electronics and soldering, building Parallax SumoBots, programming using Basic Stamp, competing in a SUMO Tournament, a FIRST LEGO League sampler and introductions to VEX, TETRIX, and FRC equipment,” she said.

Camp activities and classes will be taught by instructors, students and mentors from FHS Science Academy, technology and engineering department, information technology department and the flagship FIRST Robotics Team No. 3140.

Cost of the camp is $100 and includes all materials and robotics kits. Participation will be limited to 20 students.

Payment deadline is Wednesday, May 18. Students wishing to register for the class should e-mail Jill Hudson at

Skinner said the camp will be FHS’s first, and will serve a twofold purpose.

“We were looking for a way to help the middle schoolers out,” she said.

“They are starting a FIRST Lego League this year and they have a sponsor and everything, but you know, we are looking for kids to feed into our FIRST Robotics team over here and we thought this would be a great way to do that, and of course a great way to share our knowledge with others,” she added.

Becoming a member of the FIRST Robotics team requires commitment. Last year’s team spent countless hours preparing for the FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional competition, and Skinner hopes to expand for the upcoming competition season.

“We are beginning our third year of our robotics team this season and we are hoping to enter a few robotics competitions this year as opposed to just the one,” she said.

“It is very involved. It is not one of those clubs that you join and you meet once a month. We meet weekly and during the build season, which is January, February and March, we meet daily and work into the evenings until about 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays,” she added.

The club is looking for students with an array of skills.

“We are looking for people to join the team who have skills besides building and creating a robot.”

“There are all types of aspects to this, like the business aspect of creating brochures and t-shirts and flags for the team, fundraising, creating videos for the competitions and creating animation.

“Then of course there is the build team itself, which involves quite a variety of skills such as electrical, designing, and programming,” she said.

For more information on the camp or the Robotics Team, visit


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