A robotic feast for the brain

Raleigh & Zebulon NC, 9/19/2013 – Visualize grades 4-7 students building and programming robots … sprinkle some teamwork. Now add chips, wafer and raspberry pi. What we have is a perfect recipe for an exciting, fun-filled track-out with a dose of learning and industry knowledge.
Students of Eastern Wake County are gearing up for this hands-on track-out starting Monday Sep 23rd. The opportunity has been made possible through a STEM camp offered by STEM For Kids and East Wake Academy. “We are hoping to excite the local community and expand the STEM initiatives in Eastern Wake County”, said Stephen Gay, Superintendent of East Wake Academy.
To further fuel that excitement, Brian Hammill, senior field applications engineer with Atmel Corporation, will speak with campers about the brain of their robotic creations, microcontrollers, small computers on chip that are seated inside camper’s robots, as well as other everyday technologies like touch screens on tablet computers.
Hammill holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from N.C. State University and has nearly 22 years of experience in electrical and electronic engineering.
Computer science and the technologies that it enables are integral part of our lives today. With digitization, our world has been significantly transformed. “The group of students will be discovering first-hand the design, construction, programming and application of modern-day robotics”, said Moni Singh, Founder and CEO of STEM For Kids, a Raleigh based organization. “Atmel’s Brian Hammill adds an interesting flavor by going down to the bare chips inside these robots.”
Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose California with manufacturing and design locations worldwide. Atmel is the leader in microcontrollers.
STEM for Kids, through an extensive portfolio of engineering and technology camps, is making STEM fun and real for school-aged children in North Carolina. STEM for Kids’ innovative Complete STEM[TM] programs are offered as year-round camps, in-school workshops and school teacher trainings.
The camp will be held at East Wake Academy campus during the upcoming track-out for Wake County’s modified and Track 1 calendars, Sep 23rd – 27th. Hammill will speak on Wednesday, September 25th at 9:15 AM. Enrollment is open and interested parents can register their children online at www.stemforkids.net.