Cameras capture robots in action

June 17, 2015


Andrea Carter

Workshop campers take part in filming and gathering materials for stories at the NKU cinsam Robotics Camp

The nerves of four high school students began to fade as they entered the robot-filled room. With their tools for the day in place, they lowered themselves to the ground to obtain what they came for: video footage of the CinSam’s Robotic Space Challenge summer camp.

Participants scattered throughout the area, some high, some low, so that they could film middle school students as they built and programmed robots with nothing but Legos and computers.

Mari Froude, senior at Talawanda High School, immediately dropped to her knees to film the machines while they maneuvered through various obstacles. At the same time, Ryle High School sophomore Callie Bolling, paced the room with her camera in hand capturing the building process.

During the interviews, the children gleefully discussed everything from future plans in engineering to the creation of the universe. The students dutifully noted their responses then prompted them with a new question.

However, the day was not without its trouble. Whether it was a detached leg or unstable form, tripods were the cause of nearly all of the participants issues.

“The tripod incident kinda worried me,” admitted Natalie Hempfling, a sophomore from Campbell County High School. “I would repeatedly check to make sure nothing else was going wrong. I wish I focused a little more on the interview.”

But with a quick jog to restock tripods, the interviews continued without any further complications. And the students’ preparation seemed to pay off.

“I am shocked at how much fun I had,” said Isabela Gibson, junior at McCauley High School, while reflecting on her experience filming her first interview. “Once the kids began to talk, I became interested and invested in what they were trying to accomplish.”

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