FLATE's robotics camp empowers young minds

Brandon, FL - Jeidili Pascual is an 8th grader from Orange Grove Middle Magnet in Tampa.Earning a scholarship from school, she was able to enroll in Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), an all-girls robotics camp.

"I get to program robots and it's fun as well; build them and get challenged," said Jeidili.

The camp, taking place this summer at Hillsborough Community College's Brandon campus, is designed to excite girls about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with hands-on knowledge.

"All the STEM fields, whichever one you're interested in, is really about helping people and that hits home for a lot of girls," said Director Marilyn Barger.

And the helping part especially hits home for Jeidili. Even though she earned the scholarship, she still didn't have a way to get to camp until her instructors stepped up to help.

"We'll find a way to get them here and we'll find a way to get them home. It helps kids who may not necessarily get to take advantage of this opportunity, to still come to camp," said Deshjuana Bagley, Outreach Manager.

"Everybody zeros in on the medical field as a helping profession, but engineers make our lives easier every day," said Marilyn.

So in addition to science, students are learning a valuable life lesson about generosity and making a difference.

"I always appreciate that because people can help," said Jeidili.


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