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Robotics Summer Camp Advisor

Determining how to keep kids busy when they are out of school can prove to be a difficult undertaking for parents if they want their kids to be engaged and have fun while they attend camps and other out-of-school programs during the year. Athletic programs are plentiful in just about every city and town across the country.  Academic flavored programs have become more popular recently which focus children on STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) concepts as well as on how to work in groups and as a member of a Team.  To provide our readers and site visitors with an idea of the kinds of summer camp organizations that are available to help parents find new and exciting activities related to Robotics, we have provided the following general information and some important web links to get you going.

ID Tech

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iD provides weeklong day and overnight technology camps for students ages 7-17, and 2-week Tech Academies for teens ages 13-18. Students may register for one or several sessions. You’ll find iD at the most distinguished universities including Stanford, UCLA, Princeton, and MIT. Each iD location boasts hand-selected staff, a unique campus experience, and stimulating course curriculum delivered in small clusters of 8 students per instructor. Each summer camp season is loaded with brand new, real-world curriculum and professional software from Adobe®, Apple®, Microsoft®, and other industry leaders.

Kids Camps – Ages 7-12

Our independent, family-owned company is driven by innovation. Since 1999, we’ve given 21st century relevancy to the phrase “summer camp,” taking hands-on learning to a new level. Whether you’re a computer novice or a tech whiz, you’ll shine at our kids camps and pre-teen camps for ages 7-17 (Jump to Teen Programs). Week-long sessions include nurturing, personalized technology instruction, and a variety of fun summer camp activities. Come explore a university campus with us, get inspired by energetic instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.

Teen Programs

Ages: 7-17, Co-ed
Topics: Game Design, Game Development, Programming, Apps, Coding, Robotics, Engineering, Web Development, Web Design, 3D Animation, Modeling, Film, Photography
Duration: Weeklong
Intensity: Well-Balanced, Tech + Camp Activities
Locations: 80+ Locations

Online Program - iD TECH 365

YEAR-ROUND TECH EDUCATION

At iD, quality tech education is always in season. Build your Tech iQ year-round with iD Tech 365, our comprehensive online learning platform for all ages. It’s the perfect complement to our summer programs for kids and teens. Beginner or advanced, keep up with cool new technologies and get your tech questions answered even when summer camp is out of session. With a year-long subscription, you’ll gain access to:

  • More than 300 tech tutorials covering topics like programming, game design & development, 3D modeling & animation, and web design.
  • A rapidly growing Minecraft server. It’s an amazing virtual world built by our members, for our members.
  • Online forums, where peers from around the world learn, play, and safely collaborate with one another. These forums are the heart of our community.
  • Live, online workshops (and workshop archives) delivered each month by our tech-savvy instructors.
  • An arcade brimming with side-scrollers, puzzle games, aerial-shooters, and platformers. Enter our gaming tournaments—winners receive prizes!

 

NASA Exploration Design Challenge

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The goal of the Exploration Design Challenge is for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Protecting astronauts from radiation on these distant travels is an important — and very real — problem that needs solving. NASA would like your help! 

Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Students will study the effects of radiation on human space travelers and analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding for Orion. After participating in activities guided by their teachers, students will recommend materials that best block harmful radiation.

All students completing the challenge can join participants from around the world to celebrate the Exploration Flight Test-1 of Orion by having their names flown on board as virtual crew members. The deadline to submit student names for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

5th Grade – 8th Grade

Students will study the effects of radiation on human space travelers and analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding for Orion. After participating in activities guided by their teachers, students will recommend materials that best block harmful radiation.

All students completing the challenge can join participants from around the world to celebrate the Exploration Flight Test-1 of Orion by having their names flown on board as virtual crew members. The deadline to submit student names for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

9th Grade – 12th Grade

In Phase 1, students will study the effects of radiation on human space travelers and analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding for Orion. After participating in activities guided by their teachers, students will recommend materials that best block harmful radiation.

Students can take the challenge a step further and participate in Phase 2 where they will design shielding to protect a sensor inside Orion from space radiation. The winning design will be flown in Orion during Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1).

All students completing either phase of the challenge can join participants from around the world to celebrate the Exploration Flight Test-1 of Orion by having their names flown on board as virtual crew members. The deadline to submit student names for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

Individuals / Groups

School-age children will study the effects of radiation on astronauts and analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. After completing activities guided by educators, parents, college students or volunteers, the young scientists will recommend materials that best block harmful radiation.

All students completing the challenge can join participants from around the world to celebrate the Exploration Flight Test-1 of Orion by having their names flown on board as virtual crew members. The deadline to submit student names for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

PCS Edventures

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For over two decades PCS Edventures has offered curriculum and K-12 STEM and tech learning programs. PCS sponsors robotics based classes and camps in many states as well as overseas.

What Is The EdventuresLab Program?

We offer Classes and Camps. Our classes are 75 minutes and students attend once a week, just like music lessons. During their class they will be introduced to important topics and concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math. Over half the class is for students to pursue hands-on robotics, engineering, and more in the PCS Badge System – our adaptive learning framework!

What Do Students Study?

Students naturally acquire skills and a deeper understanding of math and science as they work in a number of different areas such as mechanical engineering, architecture and structural engineering, robotics, electronics, computer programming, 3D modeling, and digital media. Hands-on activities such as building gear trains, constructing robots, or programming computers naturally encourages the application of real-world math and science concepts. Our classes focus on important foundation knowledge in areas of computer science, physics, engineering, and technology.

When Does This Happen?

Class sessions are year round and students can join anytime – we’ve made it flexible to accommodate busy schedules. Our class times vary depending on the time of year so check our scheduling page. Enrollment is open and students can start at any time.

Camps are short-term, usually during school breaks.

How Long Is The Program?

The EdventuresLab program and curriculum is designed to be experienced over a period of years – like attending a technical institute on a weekly basis. Developing a deep understanding of STEM topics and how they interrelate requires time and experimentation. A big part of mastery involves failure, so students learn a great deal when their bridge collapses, their wheels come off, or their program doesn’t work. This is how we build perseverance – an important habit of mind – but this takes time.

To accommodate busy schedules, it is possible for students to drop out for a busy sporting season or summer trip, but they can always come back and continue where they left off. The Badge System, our adaptive learning framework, enables this flexibility. Students who attend for three or four years will have been exposed to hundreds of hours of science, technology, engineering, and math activities and concepts. PCS students enjoy access to materials, resources, and experiences typically unavailable, and the result is a student well grounded in technology and science and well prepared with real world problem solving skills.

 What?

PCS Edventures Lab is an after-school, camp and summer program designed to foster Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in an interactive and engaging guided learning environment. Students complete hands-on projects at their own pace as they learn fundamental STEM concepts and principals.

Why?

Parents are excited about the Edventures! Lab program because it introduces students to career opportunities in STEM, prepares them for the future through hands on experience with robotics, engineering, and programming, and builds confidence and self esteem as students work through challenges and conquer them.

How?

Using cutting-edge technology like 3D printers, solar powered robots & digital media, students work at their own pace in a safe and welcoming environment. Student success is recorded in the PCS Badge System – our adaptive learning framework. All the while, your student socializes with classmates and has a blast! 

 

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LEGO has conducted after school classes, day camps and summer camps for many years with the aid of thousands of teachers, mentors and parent volunteers across the nation.  To locate resources in your area, you can also try a Google Search for “LEGO Robotics Camp [your city and/or state here]”

For further background, please visit the Lego Education Website.

All manner of Robotics education and summer camps are available in virtually every state. To find all the possibilities you area, Google Search “robotics summer camps in [your city and/or state here]” and then follow the links.

Here are just a few of the links you might find:

CampPage at www.camppage.com

Digital Media Academy at www.digitalmediaacademy.org

Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) at http://madeinflorida.org/camps-workshops/

Imagination Computer Camps at www.computercamps.com

Kids Camps at www.kidscamps.com

My Summer Camps at www.mysummercamps.com

Robotics Alliance Project at http://robotics.nasa.gov/students/summer_camps.php

Summer Tech Camps for Students (ID Tech) at www.internaldrive.com