"It was great for him," said parent Mui Ahkui talking about her son Mikaele. "He didn't want to come for summer school but the robots convinced him to come."
"This is really cool," added Mikaele. "You get to learn about science and stuff."
"The last three weeks have been great," said Camp co-creator Daniel Figueroa. "The students were amazing. They all worked hard and performed above expectations. And the teaching staff were amazing. This couldn’t have gone any better."
"My robot is ‘Mission to Mars,’ says Laurel ES 4th grader Jasleene Zuniga - Yanet's daughter. "We’re trying to figure out real-life problems and come up with solutions on how to get to Mars and see if there’s life on that planet."
"I want to study law. I want to study criminal justice. I want to protect the people."
It was challenging to find a student who didn't say they had a great time and describe the Camp as an opportunity to learn about science while having fun and hanging out with new and old friends.
But organizer Figueroa says there were serious goals at play.
"The practical reason for this Camp is it puts kids on track to get engineering jobs and hopefully exposes them to things that might turn into careers later."