Not only do we provide students with a unique one-on-one, hands-on learning experience, but we make sure your kids have fun in the process! Coopertition (cooperation and competition) is a large part of robotics at the high school level, and we make sure we bring that same experience to your kids when they enroll in any of our Penn Robotics Youth Camps.
We offer eight separate camps for students ages 1st through 8th grade. Skill levels differ from camp to camp, but there if your student is interested in STEM and robotics we most certainly have a camp for them!
In the camps, students work in teams to design, build and code a robot to complete various challenges. Each day, students are given a robot challenge such as lifting an object and placing in a specific location, completing an obstacle course, climbing an incline with weights, and more. Students learn about engineering principles such as torque, tension, and mechanics that would help with the challenge.
After the challenge is given, students are given isometric graph
paper and asked to sketch their designs. Each team discusses the
best design for the robot, then the students begin to build using
the VEX IQ Kits. VEX IQ Kits include a platform made out of a
material similar to Legos, so students of all ages can easily build
a robot and make adjustments as needed.
To program the robot, students use a platform similar to Scratch called RobotC Graphical. In the platform, students learn how to program a robot using a robot controller and a pre-coded program. Finally, each team works together to complete the challenge before they move to the next rotation.
Students work in small teams using LEGO to design and build solutions to problems. NOTE: This camp is designed to be fun for everyone. Challenges each day will be theme-based. Awards will highlight different design principles.
Students have the opportunity to learn how to design using 3D modeling software. Each student is then able to bring their computer model to life using our 3D printers and/or CNC laser cuter. Students are able to gain hands-on knowledge and experience with the assistance of our current high school robotics student mentors.
Students use Lego Robotics Kits to build, program, and drive a team made a robot. Each small group must use their problem-solving skills to develop solutions to the challenge at hand when developing their robot. This experience is meant to introduce students to the FLL (FIRST Lego League) competition that begins in 4th grade and is offered at PHM schools.
This workshop will focus on building a VEX Robot to program and drive through an obstacle course. Students will gain valuable knowledge in building and programming a custom robot to compete on a challenge course. This workshop will greatly help students hoping to take engineering courses at Penn, as VEX is commonly used in these classes.