Teens concluded their one-week Robotics Camp with an exciting day at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility. Students had the opportunity to showcase their robot creations, share what they’d learned during the week about programming, and demonstrated how their robots worked for their families and friends.
“I am really interested in technology,” said camper Robin Eads, from Saratoga Springs City School District, when asked about what made her want to come to camp. “My favorite part was actually building the robot, but the programming was really interesting to learn about too.”
In addition to the robotics showcase, campers and their families had two unique opportunities to tour the TEC-SMART facility and the GlobalFoundries Testing Facility.
Penny Hill, Associate Dean for Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART Facility toured our group through the various classrooms, explained the programs offered through Hudson Valley Community College and the technical careers that were associated with them. She also shared the importance of the green design used in building the facility and explained what they had done with wind and solar energy to sustain a small carbon footprint.
After the tour of TEC-SMART the group headed over to the GlobalFoundries Testing Facility to see real robots and automation in action. GlobalFoundries employee and WSWHE BOCES New Visions Engineering graduate Ryan Gallagher helped us navigate through the world of Advanced Manufacturing and the Wafers that will be created in the GlobalFoundries facility.
The students watched as robots zoomed across the ceiling, picking up and delivering plastic containers holding the wafers to their destinations. They learned about the software components that makes the robots work, and had the chance to see what a wafer will look like after its been created in the Fab. Gallagher also explained to the group what types of jobs are at GlobalFoundries and the different levels of training and education needed to get those positions.
“It was great conclusion to our camp experience to have the opportunity to tour TEC-SMART and the GlobalFoundries Testing Facility, said Instructor Scott Drain, “Having the students see real robotics and automation at work really enhanced what they had been doing all week with their own robots.”
The Robotics Challenge Camp was sponsored by Career Pathways Summer Institute, part of the Tech Valley Career Pathways Consortium, a partnership of several area colleges and BOCES. The Consortium is developing new programs in green technologies, advanced manufacturing systems, nanotechnology and bioscience at both the high school and college level. The Consortium is also working to improve the connection between other career and technical education programs taught at the high school level with degree programs offered at local colleges.