Computer Science majors teach robotics at middle school

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Lewis Computer Science majors teach robotics to local middle school

Published: March 26, 2014.

Lukancic Middle School students in Romeoville are learning about robotics using Lego Mindstorms from Lewis University Computer Science students Andrew Camphouse of Mokena and Jose Marquez of Elwood.

Camphouse and Marquez are hosting six sessions with the students, who are part of an after-school technology club. The university students will help middle school students develop their skills from beginning robot design and basic programming to an advanced level where they can build sumo-style robots that try to push each other out of a combat ring.

“Jose has led the overall design of the course, plotting out a path for elevating the student’s skills from the basics of robotics and programming to more advanced and impressive construction and programming techniques. Andrew has done a good job lending his own programming insights and prior experience building Mindstorms robots,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science. “Thanks to Jose and Andrew’s great work, Lukancic students are getting an awesome opportunity to enter the field of Computer Science in a compelling and empowering way.”

The technology sessions were made possible by a program sponsored by Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP). TREP, which is supported by manufacturing interests in Will and Grundy counties, aims to improve the preparedness of area students in mathematics, science, and engineering so that they can support the current and future work of local industries. It is an innovative partnership that provides a vital service to area schools and their students, and it likely will benefit the local economy going forward.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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