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Siouxland kids are putting their brains to work this summer building & programming robots

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CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Legos have long been a playtime favorite for kids; but, they can also be used as building blocks to a future career in science, technology, engineering and math.

Iowa State University is hosting a summer robotics camp in Cherokee, Iowa. Using Legos, campers build and program their own robots.

Each day they're given a challenge, a task that must be completed by each robot. It's one way for campers to see computer programming in action, while building relationships and workplace skills needed for the 21st century.

"We start out doing activities like team building activities because this is what Lego League is all about. It's about team work, learning teamwork and cooperation and team building skills," said James Creel from Cherokee, Iowa.

"It's really fun and I thought if I came here then I get to learn more about programming and stuff like that," said Levi Pingel from Cherokee, Iowa.

"I really like robots and Legos and I thought it would be fun if they're combined. I've tried something like this at home once and I thought it would be fun to try it again," said Zach Erpelding from Aurelia, Iowa.

"We are building robots and the reason why I wanted to come here is because I love to build stuff," said Austin Wilkie from Larrabee, Iowa.

Campers also get to showcase their work to the public. It happens everyday thru Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the Cherokee Community Center.

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