SMART Camp Program
These camps provide students with simple build instructions and exercises to complete in order to learn about how a robot can view and interact with the world (through the use of touch sensors, sonar sensors, the microphone, and so on). There are two 1/2 day camps offered at various times through the year. The two types are:
Programming SMART Camp
This SMART Camp provides campers with simple build instructions and exercises to complete in order to learn about how a robot can view and interact with the world (through the use of touch sensors, sonar sensors, the microphone, and so on). It is focused on providing the hardware platform, and guiding the students through exploring the LEGO Mindstorms robot through careful programming of the robot. Good start if competing in LEGO Mindstorms competitions like FIRST Lego League.
Strategy (Strategic Analysis) SMART Camp
This SMART Camp does not necessarily build on the exercises from the Programming Camp, it primarily focuses on the hardware aspect of the LEGO Mindstorms platform. The students will be provided with the basic build instructions again, but this time the students will be asked to modify their robots (or build robots from scratch) to solve a simple challenge provided to the students at the camp. The students will be engaged to think about design, strategy, mechanics, and skill – and then they have to drive their robots around RC-style while solving the challenge (putting their designs to the test).
New in 2017!
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) In A Day – All day 9am-4pm – 5th-8th graders
For those students who want a more advanced experience, a new option this year is for students to work with our high school teens on the full-sized FTC or FIRST Tech Challenge robots. These are 40 pound robots that are built with metal and screws, not Legos.
How old do you have to be?
Students can take either session at almost any age, all we ask is that students who take the Strategy Camp understand that some manual dexterity will be required (which is why we set the minimum age at 10). Kids who want to get a “primer” with the programming for LEGO Mindstorms for a competition (like FIRST LEGO League) are encouraged to take the Programming camp, and kids who want to understand some of the “competitive” aspects are encouraged to take the Strategy camp.