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Robotics summer youth camp to be held in McAllen in July

20140711 Robotics-ReynosoNASA Engineer, Heriberto Reynoso, started building robots at a young age at home. The Brownsville native launched his way into working on robotic projects for NASA through programs involved with the exploration of Mars.

This summer, he is hosting his Robotics Summer Camp in McAllen for children ages 11-15. The five day camp is slated for July 14 -18 and comes with a price tag of $398.

Students will learn about mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, how to design in 3-D and build robots in a group environment. On the last day parents are invited to see the robots that were made and participate in activities.

Reynoso is determined to impact K-12 education by incorporating robotics into every day curriculum. He believes that if implemented effectively, robotics can transform education.

In 2009 he collaborated on a project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasedena, CA. His task was to automate the calibration for high-resolution aerial surveillance on a project known as Angel Fire, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory. He pursued another internship with NASA in 2010 where he worked on developing an interface to streamline the control of a seven-foot robotic arm used to collect lunar soil samples for a proposed 2016 mission called Moon Rise.

“I was quick to fall in love with the wonders of science,” Reynoso said. “Back then, I would spend every dollar on robot parts. I would save up my daily food meal money on school trips to buy tools. I had no idea this passion would land me a job at NASA developing code for Mars rovers.”

For more information, visit to sign up for the camp and to find out more information. Limited seating available.

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