About the Robotics Camps
WeDo Camps (recommended for upcoming 1-3 graders):
The LEGO® WeDo robotics system is designed for younger children, typically including upcoming second graders. Some upcoming first graders can do well in these camps if they are more mature and able to listen to directions well. A special building set includes regular LEGO® pieces as well as specialized items, such as a motor, light and motion sensors, gears, and pulleys. With a USB interface, the motor and sensors can be connected to a computer. The LEGO® WeDo software allows campers to develop a program to control the motor as well as respond to the sensors. This is an example of what is called a tethered robotic system, where the robotic model is always connected to the computer by the USB cable. The campers build and program many exciting models with this system, such as the drumming monkey shown here.
Advanced WeDo Camps (recommended for upcoming 1-3 graders):
This camp utilizes the same technology as the regular WeDo camp. It is designed for children who have attended the WeDo camp before. Even if your child is advanced and/or has played with LEGOs® extenstively, they do not need to attend this camp without attending the regular WeDo camp first. Students will use skills from the first camp, which deal with robotics, as well as LEGO® design, to construct much more difficult and time-consuming models.
Robotics Camps (recommended for upcoming 4-6 graders):
This camp is intended for children who are upcoming fourth graders or above. The LEGO NXT is a robotics system with an intelligent brick that has its own central processing unit (CPU), memory, power supply, display panel, and speaker. It also includes connections for three output devices (such as interactive servo motors) and four input devices (such as sensors for touch, light, sound, and motion). The unit is powered by six AA batteries or a chargeable power pack. It has a series of "studs" that connect to LEGO building elements, allowing the construction of a robot models. Control programs can be composed with special software and downloaded to the NXT. The robot model can then operate independently of the computer.
Advanced Robotics Camps (recommended for upcoming 7-12 graders):
This camp utilizes the EV3 kits. It is designed for children who have attended the NXT camp at least 2 times before and grasped all of the components, including independent build and sensors. They will use skills from the first camp to design and build much more complex machines that accomplish specific tasks.
Literacy through LEGO®s (recommended for 4-6-year-olds):
This camp utilizes non-robotic LEGO® kits that help 5-and-6- year-old children build spatial, gross and fine motor, comprehension and creative skills. Children’s literature will be read and students will work together, using LEGOs to recreate components from the stories. This camp helps prepare children for the skills needed in WeDo robotics.
Advanced Programming (recommended for upcoming 9-12 graders):
This camp is meant for students who have attended at least two Advanced NXT camps. It is geared more toward older students who can understand the logic and patterns of traditional line-by-line coding for programming. Instead of using the visual programming from previous years, students will write the code for their robots in order to make them complete advanced tasks.
Beginner Minecraft (recommended for upcoming 1-3 graders):
The longstanding game of Minecraft will be used in an educational setting to reinforce math, science, and social studies skills by working as teams to complete various tasks while learning the mechanics of basic Minecraft components. Children will work in a virtual world, along side their classmates, to create a community from scratch in which they have to learn how to survive all that nature has to offer, including zombies, skeletons, and other creatures lurking in the night.
Advanced Minecraft (recommended for upcoming 4-12 graders):
Students will be placed in a virtual Minecraft world where they have to forage for food, gather materials, design concepts, and build communities in order to survive. They will battle the evils of the night, while utilizing math, science, and social science skills to advance. The advanced camps will utilize more complex Minecraft concepts in order to survive and compete against their peers in competitions, all while working in small groups for competitions, and as an entire community for survival.