VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver and the Girl Scouts-Columbia River will host Lego Robotics Day Camp July 26-30.

The five-day camp, held on the WSU Vancouver campus, is a program developed by the Girl Scouts that provides girls ages 9-13 the opportunity to explore robotics. Participants spend the week building robots out of Legos and programming them to perform tasks. They will also learn how to make robots push, pull and lift objects, as well as explore how motors, gears and sensors help a robot to explore its environment.

“The Lego Robotics Day Camp is a wonderful opportunity to excite children at an early age about becoming future engineers and scientists,” said Hakan Gurocak, director of the WSU Vancouver Engineering and Science Institute. “Partnering with the Girl Scouts is a great first step for WSU Vancouver to increase awareness on the importance of the engineering and science professions in our community.”

In all, four sessions of the Lego Robotics Day Camp will be held in the Portland Metropolitan area this summer. For more information on August sessions, visit www.girlscoutscrc.org/forms. The Lego Robotics Day Camp is sponsored by the Girls Scouts-Columbia River Council and the Oregon Robotics Tournament Outreach Program.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. The campus offers 15 bachelor’s degrees and eight master’s degrees in more than 35 fields of study. For more information, visit the WSU Vancouver Web site at www.vancouver.wsu.edu.