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 problems solving skills. Our small class size and individualized attention allows campers to learn through “doing” and creates a powerful opportunity for learning and growth. Robotics Camp is offered in sections for 3rd – 6th graders and 7th – 10th graders and meets Monday-Friday during the morning program.
7th-10th Grade Robotics Camp
Based on their individual skills, prior knowledge and length of time in the program, campers will be introduced to concepts and apply skills in the advanced robotics lab. Campers are transported by school bus to the Upper Campus each morning and returned for afternoon activities.
|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.|
3rd-6th Grade Robotics Camp
Based on their individual skill base, prior knowledge and length of time in the program, campers will be introduced to STEM concepts and apply skills the robotics lab.
|Skills and Activities|
|Explore basic concepts of electricity including basic circuits, resistors, batteries 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.