NEW! Advanced Robotics (ages 12 & up)
This robotics camp utilizes the robust, aircraft-grade aluminum TETRIX robotics building system, which features powerful 12V motors and a dynamic electronics distribution. Students will build a base robot and using open-ended robotics design principles, campers will work in teams to conceptualize and prototype solutions. Their efforts will result in a functional robot capable of performing various tasks in timed trials. Using gaming system-style controllers to drive their robots, they will test their remote driving skills as they navigate through maze-like courses while moving objects from one location to another. It is recommended, but not required, that campers have previous robotics experience.
We teach students challenge-based robotic design/engineering, tool care and handling, electrical engineering, mapping and organization, part design and manufacturing, structural engineering, sensor development, robot movements, teamwork, and modular-based design teams. Limited space.
Using the LEGO Education EV3 Mindstorms platform students will engage in computer science activities, with cross-curricular opportunities in design and technology, science, and math. Students will work on real-world topics in order to apply and develop their programming skills. Students will get an opportunity to explore with the light/color, gyro, ultrasonic, infrared, degree, and touch sensors. For beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
EV3 Experimental Design & Programming
Problem-solving activities focusing on STEM learning using real-life robotics. Each project will begin with a design brief that students will work in small groups to complete, present, and share. They will get an in-depth exploration of the parts, building techniques, LEGO engineering, motors, gearing, some programming & sensors, and more. Using the design process they will be challenged to create robots that walk, drive, slither, race, create art or work in sync with other robots. For beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
FLL Intensive: Robot Build- Building Competition Style Robots & Prototyping Attachments
This camp in intended for students that already have some FLL experience or are preparing to join a team. Beginners will evaluate already existing robot designs and advanced students will develop their own original robot. Students will work as one team and actively participate in the engineering process: "ask, imagine, plan, create & improve." They will learn skills to help them create more sturdy, robust, and versatile designs.
FLL Intensive: Solving Missions- With Strategy, Programming & Prototyping Attachments
This camp in intended for students that already have some FLL experience or are preparing to join a team. Bring your imagination, ideas, & building skills to this problem solving class. Students will work as one team to tackle FLL style robot challenges starting with brainstorming ideas, developing strategies, prototyping attachments, and programming. We will look at the pluses & minuses of using sensors and other tools to increase consistency.
Students get creative in a Maker environment that blends technology, code and an eclectic assortment of materials. We will introduce them to working with various tools and technologies including LEGOs, MakeyMakey circuit boards, Littlebits, Scratch programming software, 3D printing, and mixed materials. Kids will be challenged to create music using conductive materials, motorized drawing machines, wearables as well as prototype inventions to solve real-world problems- the combinations are only limited by your imagination!
Junior Build & Code: LEGO WeDo 2.0:
Programming is an important part of 21st century learning. The LEGO WeDo 2.0 software teaches programming in an intuitive way – letting students bring their creations to life while sharpening computational thinking skills like logical reasoning, pattern recognition, and modeling simulations. It is a hands-on solution that ignites students' curiosity, while enhancing their skills in science, engineering, technology, and coding.
Junior Robotics 1.0: Intro & Advanced
Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO WeDo 1.0 system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components. Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors. This is a great way to prepare young Robotics enthusiasts for our more advanced Robotics programs. Those kids with some experienced will be challenged with new models and programs. Lots of fun for young Engineers!
Students will build and explore complex machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines, calibrate and capture wind, and study gearing mechanisms in an engaging way that makes STEM fun. They will explore physical science, technology, and problem solving skills all while creating some incredible working LEGO motorized cars, cranes, windmills, a tail-waging puppy, and more. Those students with experience will be challenged with more complex designs and engineering concepts.
LEGO Engineering “Adventures”
Students will be challenged to build a series of complex mechanisms starting with existing designs and then bridging to developing their own working designs. We will study the LEGO master builders for inspiration and building techniques while expanding their understanding of the LEGO parts and their applications. Are you up to the CHALLENGE?
LEGO Engineering “Beyond”:
Students will build and explore more complex machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines, build a LEGO R.O.V. (Remotely Operated Vehicle), have an opportunity to explore pneumatics and solar power in an engaging way that makes STEM fun. Those students with experience will be challenged with more complex designs and engineering concepts.
Mindstorms: Build & Code
Build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups to program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open- ended, investigative environment while having fun. Students with prior experience will be challenge with more advanced building and programming. Limited to 10 students.
Pre-Engineering + Intro to code
This camp is for the young LEGO fan. In a creative and friendly atmosphere children will be introduced to key simple machines concepts while building teamwork and communication skills. They will discover basic physical science concepts such as gears, pulleys, levers, and wheels and axles through observation, reasoning, prediction, and critical thinking. Build engineer-designed projects such as a merry-go-round, bridges, catapults and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! We will also introduce them to coding using Scratch Junior.
Scratch is a programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
Coding is the new literacy! With Scratch Jr, young children can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They will develop basic programming concepts, terms, and skills.