first_imgEl Camino instructor Emmanual Villaroman was on hand to answer questions and entice the kids into joining by promising they’d learn about “capacitors, transistors, diodes and circuits.” “Who signed up?” he asked, before exclaiming, “It’s fun!” Junior Anthony Morreale, 16, appeared skeptical of the petite sales pitch but signed up anyway. He’s already a robotics buff, and the class, he said, “seems like a cool opportunity.” “I might pursue a career to build things like this one day,” Anthony asserted, pointing at a rudimentary, pint-size, square-shape steel robot. “This is a great start, I guess. “Plus my mom makes me buy everything on my own, and this is expensive stuff.” The class promises hands-on robot building and programming for free. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER Aiming to provide earlier exposure to careers in engineering, another South Bay high school is adding robotics classes to its list of extracurricular offerings – and offering college credit to boot. Starting Tuesday, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School students can take an El Camino College robotics course from the comfort of their own campus. “The earlier we give them the opportunity to see if they like this kind of thing, the better,” said the college’s Karen Hess, who spent an hour last week at Peninsula trying to sign up students. “We want to get them at ninth grade preferably, start them at the beginning and keep them moving up.” Hess works with El Camino’s Project Lead the Way, which already has such initiatives in place at Hawthorne and Redondo Union high schools, as well as City Honors High in Inglewood and the California Academy of Math and Science at CSU Dominguez Hills. “We want to get them from high school through college, into internships and into jobs,” Hess said. “There are great careers to be had here.” The after-school class is offered first-come, first-serve to ninth- through 12th-graders, who will earn both high school and transferable college credit for taking it. Up to 28 students will be accepted each semester. A decent-sized cluster of interested students gathered around a tiny table inside Peninsula’s College and Career Center, where two robotics kits were displayed and two real robots were whirring around. last_img

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