Robotics Camps Available This Summer at OCtech

Photo of participants in summer robotics camp
Campers watch their robot complete a challenge during last summer’s VEX Robotics Summer Camp at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Two sessions of the camp, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and OCtech, will be offered again in July.

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College will host robotics day camps for students in July and a special workshop for teachers in June.

The VEX Robotics Summer Camp for rising eighth- through 12th-graders will be held Monday through Friday, July 9-13, and for rising fifth- through seventh-graders Monday through Friday, July 16-20.

Sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday. Parents are required to attend a 30-minute introductory session at the start of camp and encouraged to attend a brief presentation and awards session on the last day of camp.

A non-refundable $50 camp fee includes snacks and lunch. Camps are limited to 20 participants. Payment must be included with the registration form, which is available at

Registration deadline is Monday, May 14. For more information, contact Debbie England at 803-535-1308 or

A VEX Robotics Professional Development Workshop for certified third- through 12th-grade STEM teachers who would like to add robotics to their curriculum will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, on the OCtech campus. Participants will explore grade level-specific activities that are aligned to S.C. Academic Standards.

Teachers who successfully complete the workshop will receive a $200 stipend. A limited amount of travel and/or lodging support funds are available to participants living more than 50 miles from campus.

The deadline to apply for the workshop is Friday, April 20. Applications are available online at For more information, contact Dr. Linda Payne at 803-268-2590 or

The camps and workshop are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and OCtech.