City set for new round of robot competitions

HARLINGEN — The robots will rise again.

The Parks and Recreation Department advisory board agreed yesterday to a new contract to jointly sponsor a second robotics camp at Gutierrez Middle School.

“Last year we contracted with the same people, although they did not have a nonprofit status,” said Parks Director Javier Mendez at the board’s meeting yesterday. Since then, he said, Rio Grande Valley Robotics has formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The FIRST Robotics Camp was a popular offering for a week last summer with a program in which students used LEGO blocks to create robots.

The program aimed to introduce elementary and middle school students to basic engineering and programming concepts.

Last year the camp was a single session. This year there will be two sessions: June 6-10, and June 20-24.

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