Students take part in unique Amazon summer camp

- One Valley summer camp is inspiring children with hands-on learning using science, technology, and math.

More than 40 students from Gila Crossing Community School attended Camp Amazon, a free robotics and STEM immersion experience.

The summer camp at Amazon's fulfillment center gives kids an opportunity to put technology in action.

"We talk about our fulfillment centers as kind of being that magic behind the curtains and that magic truly comes from our associates, mathematicians, science associates and engineers who come up with with innovative solutions to get that package to our customers," Matthew High said. "Our goal here is to truly inspire our local students in the STEM fields." 

Campers also got a tour of Amazon's 1.2 million square-foot fulfillment center before getting their hands on a number of activities like designing technology to use robotics for package distribution.

"It's actually really cool because not many other places do this, so to come here and do this you get an opportunity," Kahtrina Larranaga said.

Giving an extra hand, students from Caesar Chavez High School's Native American Code Writer's Program joined the Amazon staff, helping campers operate robotics arms and strategize how to pick a simulated truck.

"We're learning more about this and it's good to help kids in the world because everything is becoming automatic like this," High said.

While teaching others the different ways STEM is used in the real world.

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