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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Colorado State University Extension is offering a new summer camp called GEAR-Tech-21 aimed at introducing youth to robotics and GPS/GIS technologies.

Youth age 10-14 years may attend the day camps at three sites in northeast Colorado—Akron, Holyoke and Yuma.

Over the span of four days, youth will do hands-on learning in two very current and rapidly changing technology fields.

In the mornings they will learn about what makes a GarminTM or TomtomTM work to guide and give directions, global positioning systems (satellite positioning) and geospatial information systems (mapping).

In the afternoons, the youth will build and program the Lego NXT™ Robots and learn some of the computer science that makes for some fun toys as well as smart tools.

The GEAR-Tech-21 Camp is set for June 3-6 at Sterling High School, June 10-13 at the Washington County Event Center in Akron, July 8-11 at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke and July 22-25 at the Morgan County Event Center in Brush.

The Gear-Tech-21 Level 2 Camp will be held July 15-18 at the Yuma County Fairgrounds for any youth from the 2012 camps that want to take it to the next level.

The day camps will run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day, with all camp materials, lunch and snacks provided.

With partial funding support from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the National Science Foundation, the camp fees have been kept very low.

For more information and registration materials for the camps, contact one of the five county Extension offices: Logan County at 970-522-3200, Morgan County at 970-542-3540, Washington County at 970-345-2287, Phillips County at 970-854-3616, or Yuma County at 970-332-4151.

Holyoke Enterprise May 30, 2013