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Media Advisory: ORAU to Host Oak Ridge Robotics Camp

June 7, 2011

What: ORAU is hosting a week-long robotics and engineering day camp for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. Teams will design, build and program their own robot, which will be tested and showcased at the end of the week. Working in small teams, students will also spend the week competing in various engineering challenges, such as suspending a cement block one inch off of the ground using only three note cards. As part of the camp, participants will have the opportunity to tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory's research facilities and learn from robotics engineering research scientists.

ORAU will host family and friends of campers during the afternoon of Friday, June 17, as students present their final robotics design, research and programming.

The media is invited to schedule a site visit during one of the engineering projects completed throughout the week, or attend demonstrations of students' robotic projects during Friday's closing event.

When: June 13-17, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Where: Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Center for Science Education Classroom
100 ORAU Way, MC 100 Building
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
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Contact: For more information, contact:
Pam Bonee
Director of Communication
Office: (865) 576-3417
Cell: (865) 603-5142

Nicole Merrifield
Communication Specialist
Office: (865) 241-0482
Cell: (865) 323-5762

Site Visit Scheduling:
Jenna Richeson
Communication Specialist
Office: (865) 574-8669
Cell: (541) 914-6549

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Media Contacts

Pam Bonee
Work: 865.576.3146
Cell: 865.603.5142

Wendy West
Work: 865.576.0028
Cell: 865.207.7953