Students learn how to make robots at STEM Camp

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) Mid-Plains Community College is hosting its third annual STEM Camp.

Students work on their robots during STEM Camp. (SOURCE: KNOP-TV/Jace Barraclough)

STEM stands for science, technology and math.

This year the students are learning how to build and program their own robots.

The creativity of what the robots are able to do is left up to the students.

Some are building rubber band shooter, some created a robot which can find its way through a maze, and others designed a robot which can follow a track.

Rachel Abbott of Hershey said she was excited to learn STEM can be applied to the agricultural community.

"Today we talked about pivots. Those are becoming very automated and they're trying to work on how they can get those to actually know what to do," said Abbott.

"You hardly have to do anything for them as long as they're working right and they know this spot needs water and this spot needs fertilizer they can run that through there."

Instructor Jared Daily said he is working on a program at the Nebraska University Extension that makes pivots completely autonomous.

"We're trying to develop some technologies that will allow the pivot to evaluate what the crop needs on its own using different sensors. Then apply those decisions without any person having to step in," said Daily.

For more information on camps like these you can contact Mid-Plains Community College.