He loves the technology and being exposed to something he would not learn in school.”

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 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 robots, as well.

Campers work in groups to participate in a series of challenges which include battlebots, mazes, and task challenges. In the process they will create robots that can deal cards, throw/catch balls, follow a line, play soccer, navigate mazes—or almost anything else they can think of. Some recent projects include robots that dance, follow Bluetooth commands, solve a Rubik’s cube, 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.
  • Level: Beg-Advanced (Juniors: Rising 2nd to 5th grade and Seniors: Rising 6th to 10th grade)
  • Take home: Photos and/or video of robot(s) created.

Robotics

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: Rising 6th to 10th graders only who are registered for Robotics)
  • Take home: Photos and/or video of robot(s) created.

VEX