Youth-built and controlled robots battled on the soccer pitch and wrestling mat last Friday during a series of showcase events culminating a week-long robotics camp in Nogales.

During the camp, 130 boys and girls in grades 3-5 formed four-member teams to build and test robots. They learned about sensors, batteries and motors, as well as the importance of teamwork, respect and communication.

Speaking during one of the showcase and certificate presentation events on Friday, 9-year-old Irving Bonillas, a soon-to-be fourth-grader at Mary Welty Elementary School, thanked his parents for giving him “the best experience” by letting him attend the camp.

“It was fun, I learned a lot,” he said. “I finally learned how to build a robot – that was one of my dreams to do.”

The camp was offered by the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office in collaboration with Zigma Consulting. It was held at the Santa Cruz Center in Nogales.

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