Students, Teachers Invited to Explore Robotics and More This Summer at OCtech

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

The VEX Robotics Summer Camp for rising sixth- through 11th-graders will be held Monday through Friday, July 11-15. The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge Introductory Camp for rising eighth- through 12th-graders will be held Monday through Friday, July 18-22.

A non-refundable $50 camp fee includes snacks and lunch. Camps are limited to 20 participants. Sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday. A recommendation from the student’s current science teacher or guidance counselor is needed. Parents are required to attend a 30-minute introductory session at the start of camp.

For more information or to register for the camps, contact Debbie England at 803-535-1308 or or visit

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 20-23, 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 May 25, 2016. To apply, contact Yolanda Felder at 803-268-2591 or For more information, contact Dr. Jim Payne at 803-535-1231 or

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