Austin middle school students had an assignment: Navigate a Lego robot from point A to point B on a tabletop while avoiding obstacles.
At one table, four students huddled around the iPad they were using to control their small bot.
“We’re programming the Legobot to actually move around,” said Chintana, who was attending a career readiness camp at Austin Community College last month. “We’re coding it … using an app.”
Chintana and the other Austin ISD students competed at “The Forge,” a digital fabrication laboratory inside ACC’s new $6 million Make It Center. The center at the Highland campus opens to the public this fall, but in the meantime, camps like this one and other groups can schedule a time to use the space.
“I think it’s really immersive with all the technology and stuff, ” Thorne, another student at the camp, said. “I think it can really teach people about technology and manufacturing.”