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Local students getting hands-on robotics training

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima Valley middle school students are getting the opportunity to work, hands-on, with robots this week.

The program is completely free to upper-valley students going in to the seventh grade.

This is the second year that Perry Technical Institute has offered the robotics camp and say it's a great way to introduce students to robotics, and engineering early on.

"The more exposure young people have to creating, using, understanding, and designing tools, the better they'll be in the future," said Robert Detloff, one of the program's instructors.

At the end of the two-week program, students will present working robots to their parents.

This year, about 50 students applied for only 25 spots. Perry Tech hopes to continue the program next year.