Tomorrow's technology with today's youth at Lego Camp
Who didn't grow up playing with Legos? Well, Legos have changed a bit over the years. In fact Lego kits like the ones found at this summers Robotics Lego camp at Chattanooga State have the same technology that plants like Volkswagen are using.
Camp Teacher Eric Stansberry said, "Kids are pre-wired to play with Legos. We were pre wired to play with Legos."
Whether you're a news reporter or a third grader, not much passes time like a room full of Legos at your disposal.
What looks like endless fun at this Chattanooga State Robotics Lego Camp is much more.
"They think they're playing but the funny thing is while they're playing they're learning and those two things tied together is too powerful to be missed," said Stansberry.
There's a thought: fun while learning. Stansberry knows a smarter tomorrow comes in today's youth.
Stansberry points out Sputnik in the 1950s, showing how far behind America was with modern science. By 1969, America put a man on the moon.
"Here we are in that same position again. Thing is technology isn't only about the rockets now it's making something that works," said Stansberry.
Exactly what these third and fourth graders are doing at camp.
Thursday's challenge was to build and program a robotic arm capable of picking up and moving things. The same kind of technology you'll find at the Volkswagen plant or even in outer space.
"Robots are doing the work we used to do, they weld, they paint. It's coming to a point where it's not who can push the button, it's who can build and program that robot and we're giving them that chance here to do that with things that they're used to playing with, Legos," said Stansberry.
Today, it's Legos. Down the road it could be a life saving tool in a hospital or a robotic arm used to fix something on the International Space Station. The options are there and even while jobs today are scarce tomorrow's technology is always hiring.