Robotics | TIC Camp - The perfect balance between technology and sports for kids 7-15
the perfect balance between technology and sports for kids 7-15


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    We are very excited to introduce our Programming Directors for 2018! Our Programming Directors don’t just oversee our Programming program, they also oversee our Robotics rooms and Circuitry circuses (circi?)(nah.) All our Programming Directors are computer science experts! When something is not working properly, they are able to come up with solutions beyond ctrl+alt+del, which […]
  • TIC attends National Camp Conference! 02/26/2018
    When you think “Summer camp” you probably don’t think of words like “conference”, “professional development”, or “expert in their field”. That is probably because summer camp is fun and all those other words would sound super weird if you inserted them into a camp cheer. (“1, 2 Conference for you! 3,4 career growth some more!!”) The […]
  • 2018’s Leadership & Training Directors!! 02/06/2018
    TIC’s Leadership & Training Director (or LTD) is an elusive being that roams the campus doing basically everything you didn’t know needed to happen to make each and every day of camp epic. Many people ask, “but what does the Leadership & Training director DO?!?!?!” Well, that is a difficult question because the answer is […]


Robotics is an excellent option for campers who have taken programming and who have an interest in engineering and mechanics. Junior and Senior campers use upgraded LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits, and have a choice between using a graphical language developed by LEGO or Robot C, a C based language developed at Carnegie Mellon. Senior campers have the opportunity to use Vex kits to create more advanced robotics.

Campers work in groups, creating robots that climb walls, throw/catch balls, follow a line, play soccer, navigate mazes—or almost anything else they can think of. Some recent projects include robots that talk, follow Bluetooth commands, solve a Rubik’s cube, deal cards, and play Connect Four!! Their projects may use light, touch, or range-finding sensors. Campers can also learn useful skills regarding mechanics, such as using gears, axles, and levers. Robotics is perfect for campers that love to create through building!

  • Requirements: Ability to work in pairs. Rising third graders.
  • Level: Beg-Advanced (Rising third grade Juniors and Seniors)
  • Take home: Photos and/or video of robot(s) created.


Senior campers (8-10th grade) with advanced programming experience will have the option within Robotics to work with VEX. VEX is a robot “program” that uses electronics as well as robotics and programming. Campers will use metal parts, high level programming languages, real wires and electronic parts that plug into a microcontroller board to learn about circuits and how wires connect. The challenge of VEX isn’t the difficulty of the project, but rather making it do complex things in a complex way. This is definitely not for beginners and requires experience in JAVA or similar languages. Senior campers must register for robotics and, if appropriate and available, will have the option to work with VEX.

  • Requirements: Ability to work in pairs. One session of Programming AND Robotics at TIC or comparable. Algebra and similar math experience helpful.
  • Level: Advanced (Seniors only who are registered for Robotics)
  • Take home: Photos and/or video of robot(s) created.