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Robotics Summer Camps 2010

Great Venues For Robot Fun And Education

There are a growing number of summer camps springing up around the nation that teach robotics on an entry level. These are educational venues where young hobbyists can learn the basics and get the chance to assemble robots ranging in complexity from entry level kits to more advanced projects that embody early levels of “professional tool chains” used by programmers who have moved beyond BASIC.

Robotics summer camps help fill an essential educational gap that continues to exist in many of our schools.

Below, you’ll find an expanded listing of contact information and camp lesson programs.

Check it out if you are a hobbyist, student, educator or parent who wants to know more about what opportunities are available in your area this summer!

Summer Camps

California:

Who: Tech Museum of Innovation
Where: San Jose, CA
What: 9 full weeks of Lego Robotics to aspiring scientists and engineers.
Grades: 4th through 8th ?Hours: approximately 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
http://summercamps.thetech.org//schedule.cfm

Who: ROBOTICS & THINGS
Platform: ROBOTIX – The Motorized, Modular, Space-Age Building System
Ages: 7-14 Years of Age
Program: 6th Annual Summer ROBOTICS Camp/Workshop (4-Sessions)
Where: Agoura Hills, CA
Dates: July 5th, 7th & 9th, 2010
July 12th, 14th & 16th, 2010
Aug 2nd, 4th & 6th, 2010
Aug 9th, 11th & 13th, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM DAILY
ALL 4-Sessions are Monday-Wednesday-Friday ONLY
Contact: Neal L. Friedman, Director
robot@roboticsandthings.com (E-mail)
888.222.1809 Toll-Free Direct Line (North America)
888.ROBOTIX Toll-Free Line (North America)
888.746.4872 Toll-Free Fax Line (North America)
www.roboticsandthings.com (URL)

Who: SCV Robotics Camp
Where: Placerita Jr High in the Santa Clarita Valley.
When: June
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms
Grades: 4-7
Our beginners robotics camp will focus on the basic of building and programming an NXT robot. Our advanced camp will take the robots to the next level and participants will compete in an FLL style competition that has been designed by our camp staff.
Contact: http://web.me.com/mediatech/Plac_Tech_Home

Who: Robotics Tech Camp
Where: LEGOLAND®.
When: Three 1 week sessions in July.
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms
Contact: http://web.me.com/mediatech/Plac_Tech_Home

Connecticut:

Who: Robotics & Beyond
Where: New Milford, CT
Website: http://www.roboticsandbeyond.com/2.html

Who: Talcott Mountain Science Center
Where: Montevideo Road?Avon CT
Platform: Mindstroms NXT and VEX
Ages: 9-14
Dates: Throughout July
Cost: Day camp $270/week
Website: http://www.tmsc.org/summer/catalog.html
Contact: John A. Pellino, jpellino@g3.tmsc.org, (860) 677-0035

Florida:

Who: J. Paul Wahnish, SAE Engineer, PLTW CIM Master Teacher
Platform: Special designed metal kit with “Standards” curriculum
Grades: 3rd to 10th grade
Where: East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs, Florida
Website: http://www.roboticsboosters.com

Georgia:

Who: YES! Youth Engaged in Science
Where: Based in Metro Atlanta / North Georgia. We come to your location. Contact us for details.
Website: www.youthengagedinscience.com
Grades: 1st-12th
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms NXT, LEGO Education WeDo
Contact: 404.551.3993

Who: Wizkidz Science and Technology Centers
Where: Georgia Institute of Technology
Website: http://www.wizkidztech.org/AboutUs.asp

Illinois:

Who: eFun Explorations Academy
Where: Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL (less than 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago) and MVCC Education Center at Blue Island in Blue Island, IL (less than 20 miles south of downtown Chicago)
Contact: Larry Langellier Dates, langellier@morainevalley.edu
Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 West College Drive, T111 Palos Hills, IL 60465
Phone: 708-974-5627 (direct line)
Platform: LEGO NXT w/ NXT-G software
Phone: 708-974-5627 (direct line)
Website: http://www.morainevalley.edu/vlc/eFun_Academy.htm (URL) Moraine Valley

Illinois (Southern):

Camp: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Robotics
Who: Martin Hebel, Assistant Professor, Electronic Systems Technologies
Where: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Platform: Parallax Boe-Bot
Ages: 11 – 18
Contact: 618-453-8806, mhebel@siu.edu
Website: https://www.dce.siu.edu/index.php/Academic-Camps/

Massachusetts:

Who: Mindsurfers
Platform: LEGO®MINDSTORMS™ and FIRST LEGO® League
Age: Girls and boys going into 5th – 9th grade
Cost: $400
Contact and registration is on our website: http://www.mindsurfers.org
Location: Foxboro, Wellesley, and Sommerville, MA

Who: Frontiers II
Platform: VEX System
Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) , Worcester, MA
Dates: 25 Jul-3 Aug 2010
Grades: Juniors and Seniors
Website: http://admissions.wpi.edu/Frontiers/workshops.html
Contact: Ken Stafford, stafford@wpi.edu or Brad Miller, bamiller@wpi.edu

Who: Launch
Platform: VEX System
Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA
Dates: 9-13 Aug 2010
Grades: Freshman and Sophomores
Website: http://admissions.wpi.edu/Frontiers/launch.html
Contact: Ken Stafford, stafford@wpi.edu or Brad Miller, bamiller@wpi.edu

Who: Junior Robotics Challenge
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms NXT
Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA
Dates: 11-16 Jul 2010
Grades: 4th-8th grades
Website: http://www.wpi.edu/academics/Summer/98712.htm
Contact: Ken Stafford, stafford@wpi.edu or Brad Miller, bamiller@wpi.edu

Who: Advanced Robotics
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms NXT
Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA
Dates: 2-6 Aug 2010 (6th -8th grade); 9-13 Aug 2010 (4th-6th grade)
Grades: 4th-8th grades
Website: http://www.wpi.edu/academics/Summer/advanc740.html
Contact: Ken Stafford, stafford@wpi.edu or Brad Miller, bamiller@wpi.edu

Who: Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Platform: LEGO®MINDSTORMS™
Age: Girls and boys going into 1st-8th grade
Cost: $150-500
Contact and registration is on our website: www.ceeo.tufts.edu/summer2010
Location: Medford, MA

Michigan:

Name of Camp: Autonomous Robotics Camp at Lawrence Tech in Michigan
Who: Dr. CJ Chung, Computer Science Professor, chan2chung@yahoo.com
Where: Lawrence Tech Univ., 21000 West 10 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075
Platform: L2Bot with a webcam using Java
Time: day camp, 9am-4pm
Grades: 10-12th
Cost: $500 day camp/$600 residential
Sponsor: Lawrence Technological University
Website: http://www.ltu.edu/community_k12/summer_camps.asp

Name of Camp: MCWTF Girls Technology Camp 2009
Who: Dr. CJ Chung, Computer Science Professor
Where: Lawrence Tech Univ., 21000 West 10 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075
Platform: NXT using NXTG; (also the camp teaches web design)
Dates of camp: July 16-20, 2008
Time: day camp, 9am-4pm
Grades: 6-7th (only for girl students)
Cost: less than $50
Sponsor: Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation

New Hampshire:

Who: FIRST Placefirstplace@usfirst.org
Where: FIRST, Manchester, New Hampshire
Platforms: NXT, RCX, Vex, Other
Topics: Robotics
Grades: 1-10 grades, ages 6-16
Times: 9:00AM – 3:00PM Daily, Monday-Friday
Fees: Vary by camp ($270-$380). Family & multi-camp discounts available.
Registration: Opens March 3rd
Website: http://www.usfirst.org/community/firstplace/content.aspx?id=824

Camp: RoboTech
What: Camp RoboTech for ages 7-17
Where: Nashua, NH, Long Island, NY, and MA
Platform: Sony AIBO, Laptop Robots, MindstormsNXT
Contact: Registrations online at www.robotechcenter.com or call 1-603.888.6102 to register.
Naveena Swamy, Co-founder & CEO
RoboTech Center
110 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua NH 03060
www.robotechcenter.com
robots@robotechcenter.com

New Jersey:

Annual Robotics Summer Camp,
Where: The College of New Jersey
When: July 11-23, 2010
Platform: C Stamp BOL-BOT
Grade: High School students completing the freshman, sophomore, or junior year
Web Site: http://www.tcnj.edu/~summer/programs/roboticscamp.html
Contact: Orlando Hernandez, hernande@tcnj.edu

Who: Storming Robots
Where:3322 Rt. 22 West, Suite 402, Branchburg, NJ 08876
When: July 5th to August 26th (Mon-Fri) 9 to 3 with flexible after hours
What: Build from scratch: From simple machines to legged robots
Focus on automation: From simple motions control programming to advance level in increasing awareness to the environment
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms
Grade: Three groups: Gr. 2 to 3, Gr. 4 to 6, and Gr. 7-12
Website: for summer only : http://summer.storming-robots.com/
for year-round : http://www.stormingrobots.com
Contact: admin@storming-robots.com

New York:

Camp Brochure (Flash)
Camp Brochure (PDF)
List of Open and Closed Classes
Registration Form
Credit Card Authorization Form

Pennsylvania:

Who: Robin Shoop, Director
Running your own robotics camp at http://www-education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/products/feature_previews/products/camps_on_disk/camps_on_disk.htm
Have you ever thought about running a robotics camp? Many teachers do exactly that every summer. It allows them to offer an extracurricular activity that excites both children and parents, helps students better understand the world in which they live, offers a unique forum to help kids learn math and science, and can even open the door for discussion of a full time robotics class in schools. And it can help pay the bills during those long summer months, too!

Utah:

Who: LEGO Mindstorms/Robotics Camp
Where: Thanksgiving Point, Lehi
Platform: LEGO Mindstorms
Website: https://www.thanksgivingpoint.com/shopping/tpiedu/educationcatalog?serviceid=300&catalogid=65&categoryid=386&programid=1226
Contact: Phone: 801-768-4971
Toll Free: 888-672-6040 ext 4971
CBuck@ThanksgivingPoint.com

Virginia:

Who: Infamous Robotics LLC
Platform: Introduction to Robotics, Robotics 101(hands on introduction to important robotics concepts)
Where: Washington DC metro area
When: June, July and August
Ages: 7-12 years old
Course length: 1 day, (2 hour course)
Website: www.InfamousRobotics.com
Contact: info@InfamousRobotics.com

Washington DC:

Who: Infamous Robotics LLC
Where: Washington DC metro area
Platform: Introduction to Robotics, Robotics 101(hands on introduction to important robotics concepts)
When: June, July and August
Ages: 7-12 years old
Course length: 1 day, (2 hour course)
Website: www.InfamousRobotics.com
Contact: Phone: 801-768-4971
Toll Free: 888-672-6040 ext 4971
info@InfamousRobotics.com

West Virginia:

DUPLO, Technology, Robotics and art Camps.
Where: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
Platform: Mindstorms, LEGO technology, and DUPLO,
Description: 1. Young builders will set-up a world with playground, stores, parks and zoo, homes and work places and transportation.
2. Third to 8th graders will build LEGO gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles into machines to solve a hundred challenges.
3. Advanced classes will focus on programming as they work on fun engineering challenges.
4. Create with Mindstorms and art materials
Contact: Linda Hamilton, hamilton@marshall.edu (304) 696-7166
Course Limit: 10 students
Website: http://www.marshall.edu/LEGO/Summer2010/Summer2010.html or http://www.marshall.edu/LEGO/

Wisconsin:

Where: Tesla Engineering Charter School in Appleton, Wisconsin hosts a series
What: Series of robotics and engineering camps during the summer months. The camps are for students in grades 5 through 8 and use LEGO NXT robotics kits and the Vex Robotics System. In addition we offer a girls engineering camp that introduces the world of engineering to late-elementary and middle school girls.
Contact: Sean Schuff, sean@seanschuff.com
Phone: 920.997.1399 x-2766
Fax: 920-832-4880
Website: www.aasd.k12.wi.us/tesla,http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/sumschool/files/Camps/2009%20Camps/2009_Engineering_for_web.pdf

Multiple States:

What: Digital Media Academy
Ages: 9-13
Weeklong courses during the summer at universities around the country.
Working in pairs and small teams students will learn about topics ?such as gear ratios, locomotion and energy as they construct robots with the New LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Robotics kit.
Cost: Residential $1,210, communter $765 (http://www.digitalmediaadventures.com/tuition-kids-computer-camp/)
Contact: http://digitalmediaacademy.org/courses/robotics.html
Website: http://digitalmediaacademy.org/locations/camp-training-locations.html

iD Tech Camps- Hands-on Summer Tech Fun! (www.internalDrive.com)
Over 100,000 kids and teens worldwide have learned to create robots, C++ and Java programs, iPhone® and Facebook® apps, 2D and 3D video games, websites with Flash®, digital movies, animations with Maya®, graphic designs, and 3D models with products experts use in their professions. Ages 7-17 enroll in these fun and challenging, weeklong, day and residential summer camps, located at over 60 prestigious universities in the U.S. and Canada. This includes Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, UCLA and other universities. With one computer per student and an average of six students per staff, campers are given the attention they need to excel and complete a project by the end of the week.

Children’s Technology Workshop icamp
http://www.ctworkshop.com/CTWBM/CTW_BM/Web/Search/QueryNew.aspx?ID=1
Grades: 2-8
Platform: LEGO RCX, Robolab, NQC, RIS
Phone: 617-395-7527
Email: info@ctwboston.com
Register: http://bostonnw.ctworkshop.com

Teacher Training

California:

California (housing and meals provided for non-residents)
Who: MATE Center
Where: Monterey Peninsula College 980 Fremont Street Monterey, CA 93940
Platform: Underwater Robots
Dates: July 26th – August 1st, 2010
Contact: Erica Moulton, emoulton@marinetech.org 727-804-2730
Website: http://www.marinetech.org/education/institutes.php or contact Erica Moulton, MATE Faculty Development Coordinator via e-mail at emoulton@marinetech.org or at 727-894-6821.

Who: ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology
Where: Parallax Inc
599 Menlo Dr
Rocklin, CA 95765
Platform: Wireless Technolgy & Boe-Bot Robot
Cost: Free
Dates: June 21-24, 2010
Contact: Mark Spencer, mspencer@arrl.org, 530-495-9150
Website: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html

Who: Parallax Inc.
Where: Parallax Inc
599 Menlo Dr
Rocklin, CA 95765
Platform: Boe-Bot Robot
What: A two-day course held at our Rocklin office for teachers interested in getting started with the BASIC Stamp and Boe-Bot Robot. Each course can seat up to 20 teachers, complete with equipment for hands-on learning.
Cost: Free
Dates: June 16-17, 2010 and August 10-11, 2010
Contact: Jessica Uelmen, juelmen@parallax.com, 916-624-8333
Website: http://www.parallax.com/tabid/71/Default.aspx

What: FIRST LEGO League Coaches Training
Where: Placerita, CA at College of the Canyons
What: 3 day Coaches/Mentor Clinic.
When: Tentative dates are July 16 – 18. This will be in
conjunction with our Santa Clarita Valley Robotics Camp.
Contact: Paul Kass, pkass@hartdistrict.org

Hawaii:

Where: Chaminade University, Hawaii
When: June 20-24
Contact: Nancy McIntyre at nmcintyre@chaminade.org
Cost: Free
Platform: VEX
Website: http://robotevents.com/event.php?eid=891

Indiana:

Who: Indiana Teachers Robotics Workshops
Where: 12 Ivy Tech Community College locations in Indiana: Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Kokomo, Muncie, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Richmond, Bloomington, Sellersburg, and Evansville
Open to 7th-12th grade Indiana science and technology teachers
Platform: Vex
Date: TBD June 11-August 10
Contact: dward@ivytech.edu
Daniel Ward II
Ivy Tech Community College
Kokomo, IN

Oregon: 

Who: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
What: Experiment with several ways to introduce robotics into your classroom to enhance Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) curricula.
Contact: (503) 797-4661

New Jersey:

Free C Stamp Course for High and Middle School Educators @ TCNJ
Who: Middle and High School teachers
Where: The College of New Jersey
When: Dates are scheduled as teachers sign in
Contact: Orlando Hernandez at hernande@tcnj.edu for more information.
What: The School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey is offering a free two-day hands-on C Stamp course for High and Middle School educators in the Philadelphia – New York corridor region. Teachers can earn twelve hours of approved Professional Development Credit while learning about and working with the C Stamp. The C Stamp and associated products are a great way to conduct STEM concepts in the classroom! Choose from learning general microcontrollers or robotics with the BOL-BOT. Teachers get to keep the texts.
Website: http://www.tcnj.edu/~hernande/csfc/index.html

Texas:

What: Introduction to Robotics, and The NXT Step
Where: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Cost: $1,125
Professional Development Credit: 40 hours SBEC Credit (20 G/T)
Grade Levels: Recommended for teachers of all levels (K-12)
Subjects: Science, Technology,
Website: http://www.tstem.ttu.edu/workshops/catalog/summer/introrobotics/

United Kingdom:

Who: Active Robots Limited
Where: University of Bath
Bath, United Kingdom
Platform: Boe-Bot Robot
What: This 2-Day residential BASIC Stamp Educator’s course held in association with Parallax, will introduce teachers to simple circuits, microcontroller programming, and robotics through hands-on instruction and labs. Course registration includes a hardware pack which is retained by each participant at the end of the course.
Cost: £175.00
Dates: June 24-25, 2010
Contact: Valerie Warner, val.warner@active-robots.com, 01761 234 325
Website: http://www.active-robots.com/events/

Words by Ken Berry