Holland Elementary 4th and 5th-grade students participate in SLAM Camp

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PRINCETON, Ind. (WEHT) – Nearly 60 lucky and excited 4th and 5th graders from Holland Elementary got celebrate Manufacturing Day in a special camp at the Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Princeton, Indiana.

SLAM stands for Students Learning About Manufacturing.

During the camp, participants built battery and manually operated robots and even got to collectively program a robot’s movements.

Stacy Carr, Toyota’s Corporate Communications, said, “They are getting the chance to program robots and learn what it takes. They’re actually learning to move the robot which then programs it, so each individual student is getting to move the robot in a path that they want it to follow.”

Kali Chambers, one of the campers said, “We got to go in where nobody else gets to go and I really enjoyed getting to work with robots because I really like robots.”

Holland Elementary’s 4th-grade teacher, Jeremy Marshall said, “Oh the kids were ecstatic. They were very excited, engaged, you can tell. As soon as they came in the activities they had for them, they were excited to be here and excited about what they were able to see in the manufacturing plant.”

With the first SLAM Camp being a success, Carr says the plant plans on hosting more camps in the future.

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(This story was originally published on October 29, 2019)

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