These two tech-based programs are designed for science and math loving campers and provide opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in specialized areas. Using state-of-the-art equipment and methods, our qualified teachers expertly guide campers as they problem solve, collaborate, design and test their work. Small classes allow for individual attention and maximum growth. Teamwork is applauded as campers learn and develop their understanding of scientific theory and practice.
Flight Camp (Grades 6-8)
The world of aviation and technology come together in this innovative, high-flying summer program. Campers work in small teams building collaboration and problem solving skills, as they construct a remote controlled plane from scratch using FliteTest kits. Teams practice flying the plane on our Real Flight 8 Remote Control flight simulator software, before taking it for test runs on campus.
Campers enhance their flying skills by piloting small quadcopters (a Syma X20) that can be taken home at the end of the session. Additional flying experiences include a large Phantom 4 Pro drone, designed to capture arial footage at camp and local parks and wilderness areas . Campers learn to edit their drone videos and create short highlight films to be shown at the end of the session. Flight Camp is filled-with fun, flying, field trips, friendships and is a first-rate opportunity to learn new skills and fuel a passion for all things aviation!
Offered two sessions only:
July 22-Aug 4
Robotics (Grades 3-8)
Robotics involves the conception, design, manufacture, and operation of robots. Through hands-on, innovative projects, campers who are passionate about technology and its application will develop a multitude of math, science, engineering and problem-solving skills. . Robotics is offered for campers entering grades 3-8 in fall, and meets Monday-Friday during the morning program. Based on their individual skills, prior knowledge and length of time in the program, campers will be grouped accordingly and introduced to concepts as follows:
|Skills and Activities|
|Build simple circuits from kits, learning basic electrical engineering skills.|
|Assemble and program Arduino micro-controllers and use attached sensors to collect data for scientific experiments, interact with human users, and control simple robots.|
|Build and program Lego Mindstorm robots and compete in a series of Robot Olympic challenges.|
|Create robots using Tetrix hardware and Modern Robotics electronics, programmed in Java using Android Studio, and controlled wirelessly through Android phones (same equipment used by Ojai Valley School FTC Robotics teams).|
|Dissect electronic appliances like phones, laptops, printers; and identify common circuit components.|
|Learn 3-D modeling in Google Sketchup, and make models on our 3-D printer, an Ultimaker 2.|
|Skills and Activities|
|Explore basic concepts of electricity including basic circuits, resistors, batteries and wires.|
|Create Lego robots, design circuits using Little Bits|
|Program Arduino micro-controllers|
|Use simple coding techniques to navigate obstacles and accomplish tasks with Lego Mindstorm robots|
|Develop a basic understanding of the design process|
|Experience thinking through all aspects of a problem when considering a decision|
|Experiencing the value of success after many failures|
|Understanding the value of brainstorming and teamwork|
Each afternoon, robotics campers participate in a wide range of afternoon activities with campers from other programs.