COLUMBUS, Ind. — About 30 students attending a Purdue Polytechnic Institute robotics camp first turned their workshop into LEGO Land for a week, and then received a visit from Billy, a robot made out of LEGOs and mechanical sensors.

The annual robotics camp allows students, ages 8 to 14, to be immersed in the world of robotics for three hours a day during a week-long camp, said camp director Joe Fuehne, who is also director of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Columbus.

But this year, Fuehne and his team changed the strategy behind one of the camps. For the first time since establishing it 12 years ago, Fuehne partnered with IT Robotics, which recently opened in North Vernon, to offer a free camp specifically for Latino students.

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