NEW! LEGO Spike Prime Robotics System (ages 9 & up)
We’re excited to be able to offer our students the latest LEGO Education STEM curriculum and robotics system- Introducing Spike Prime! The SPIKE Prime Robotics System brings together LEGO bricks, a programmable, multi-port Hub, coding language based on Scratch and STEAM learning to build confidence and critical thinking skills while having fun! The Prime robot allows for beginner to advanced programming levels using a distance, force, angular, color, and 6-axis gyro sensor as well as a 5x5 light matrix. It also included NEW LEGO Parts for more LEGO engineering challenges.
NEW! Intro To Advanced Robotics (ages 12 & up)
This class will provide a taste of higher level robotics using the robust, aircraft-grade aluminum TETRIX robotics building system, CAD design (OnShape), basic programming, documentation and teamwork.
Students will work in small teams to build 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. They will also learn how to code a basic program, create a robot and/or custom design using OnShape (a 3D CAD software), learn about 3D printing parts and document their work as well as developing teamwork skills.
It is recommended, but not required, that campers have previous robotics experience.
Experimental Design & Programming: LEGO Spike Prime & Mindstorms Inventor
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. They'll have opportunities to combine LEGO pneumatics and alternative energy systems into their designs. For beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Competition Ready: LEGO Robotics & Mindstorms Inventor
This camp in intended for students that already have some LEGO Robotics experience or are preparing to join a team. Beginners will evaluate already existing robot designs and advanced students will develop their own original robot. They will learn skills to help them create more sturdy, robust, and versatile designs. 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 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.
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.