Robo Camp wins big at UAB digital film fest

Published: Jun 17, 2010 11:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

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Marghitu, center, with graduate students and robo campers

Students from Auburn University's Robo Camp took home seven awards in the elementary, middle and high school categories at the recent digital film festival held at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The festival provides an opportunity for Alabama K-12 students to earn awards in individual and project categories for video games and animated movies created using Alice or Scratch software. More than $3,000 in prizes were offered, including scholarships ranging from $50 to $400, iPods and videogame hardware and software.

Drake Middle School student Asher Anderson and Richland Elementary School student Grady Hall  won first place in the individual category, while  Robby Hall, an Auburn Junior High School student, and Katie Holmes, who is homeschooled, received second place awards in the event. Daniel Holmes, who is homeschooled placed third in the individual category.

Robby Hall and Grady Hall won third place in the high school team category, while Daniel Holmes, Katie Holmes and Hutchison Heberer, a homeschool student, won third place in the middle school team category. Auburn Junior High School's Noah Williams received an honorary mention.

Robo Camp is led by Auburn's Daniela Marghitu, faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Auburn engineering graduate students Taha Ben Brahim, Joseph Shanahan, Santosh Kulkarni, Yasmeen Rawajfih and John Weaver. Each semester, K-12 students participate in camp to increase their computer literacy, build a platform for problem- or project-based learning and integrate knowledge from many disciplines, including math, science, social studies, English and arts. Camp instructors introduce students to advanced computer concepts and help them with hands-on applications of computer programming and robotics.

Learn more about Robo Camp here

Contributed by Katie Mullinax