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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Robotics

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.

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.

  • Requirements: Ability to work in pairs. One session of Programming at TIC or comparable experience.
  • Level: Beg-Advanced (Juniors and Seniors)
  • Take home: Photos and/or video of robot(s) created.

VEX

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.