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Building blocks: Students learn engineering fundamentals through Lake Park's Lego camp

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:55 p.m. CDT
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Many students from Lake Park High School District 108's feeder districts participate in team-centered and project-based learning activities at the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp held this week at Lake Park's East Campus.
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Eric Brents of Program to Learn helps to lead Lake Park High School District 108's Lego Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp for middle schoolers from Lake Park's feeder districts.
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Middle school students from Lake Park High School District 108's feeder districts attend the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp, which introduced them to the fundamental lessons of engineering.
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Mark Budak (center) of Program to Learn teaches local middle school students about basic engineering concepts during Lake Park High School District 108's Lego Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp.

ROSELLE – Middle school students within Lake Park High School District 108 boundaries experienced a different type of summer camp this week.

In a joint effort, Lake Park High School and Program to Learn offered a Lego Mindstorms Robotics summer camp to students from the district’s feeder schools who are entering sixth through eighth grades.

The camp, which was held at Lake Park’s East Campus at 600 S. Medinah Road in Roselle, was designed for students to participate in a team-centered and project-based learning experience to understand basic engineering.

From 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, a class of 16 students learned about mechanical design, gear ratios, motors, sensors and computer programming.

Lake Park was named the recipient of a $35,000 grant from Project Lead The Way, the nation's leading science, technology, engineering and math program, to begin offering an Introduction to Engineering Design program during the 2014-15 school year.

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