In a classroom at Howard Payne University’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science, shouts of triumph mixed in with groans of disappointment as sixth-grade students put their robots through tasks on a tabletop Tuesday morning.
    They were among a large group of students participating in HPU’s popular Summer Scholars day camp for students in grades four through six. The Young Scholars camp, for students in grades one through three, is also under way. The camps opened Monday and end Friday.
    In the robotics class Tuesday, students under the tutelage of instructor Tami Hull used computers to program their robots and put them through tabletop tasks. For robots that didn’t quite perform correctly, students went back to their computers to make adjustments and try again.
    The theme of the camps is “Operation Innovation” and the programs feature instruction in a variety of topics.
    In the Summer Scholars program, students study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. The Young Scholars campers receive instruction in robotics, science and recreation.
 

The camps have a total of about 120 students, program director Dr. Julie Welker said.