FLATE Mentors First Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Academy Summer Camp

FLATE and the Frank H. Peterson Academy of Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing have been partners since 2011. FLATE staff
mentored and supported teachers and administrators working on developing the new Academy programs prior to its opening. Interestingly FLATE’s 2014 Manufacturing Educator of the Year Award winner was Russ Henderlite, one of the Academy teachers who also attended FLATE’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute earlier last month.

FHP’s overall mission includes providing students with a specialized four-year program tailored to prepare them for post-secondary education and industry certifications. Program graduates will then have a clear path to rewarding careers in automation, manufacturing, or engineering technologies. The purpose of the Academy’s Applied Robotics program is “to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of the principles and applications of robotics engineering and its effect upon our lives and the choosing of an occupation.” 

This Summer marked the start of the Academy Robotics Summer Camp. FLATE mentored the development team by providing a
wealth of resources to help their effort including best practices guides, camp outlines and schedules as well as curriculum and survey templates. Thirty-six Duval middle school students attended the weeklong robotics camp, learning about technology and engineering through exciting and thought-provoking hands on activities and challenges, while at the same time having lots of fun.

The camp highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and robotics. Students are provided with many, varied opportunities to see real-life applications of the STEM concepts they are learning about in the classroom, come to life through camp hands on activities.

Frank H. Peterson’s assistant principal, Jessica Parrish designed and helped implement the camp and hopes to offer it to students on an annual basis. “When you get them in young, it gives them that spark, that idea that carries with them then through high school and into college,” Parrish said. “And then they’ll be more apt to choose these career paths.”

FLATE staff will continue providing mentoring and support for the Academy’s new after-school robotics club which kicked off at
the camp and which starts officially in the Fall. For more information, visit the Frank H. Peterson Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Academy web site. We will be bringing additional camp stories in the following months, so stay tuned. If you are interested in starting a summer robotics camp please contact us at FLATE, or contact Executive Director of FLATE, Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org.

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