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How Is Legend’s Lego-Robotics Unique?

Curriuclum Teaches Connections of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: Students at Legend learn more than just pressing buttons to make the robots move.

Lego-Robotics is Only a Starting Point: Legend offers enrichment programs as well as high school credit courses above and beyond the camps, paving the way to fulfill the students’ aspirations in STEM professions.

Year Round Learning Opportunities: Learning does not stop after summer. Legend offers year-round programs in Lego-Robotics that build upon the summer learning and offer opportunities to further exploration and studies.

Conducted by Professional and Trained Instructors: Classes are conducted by mature professional teachers who have gone through Legend’s curriculum and classroom management training.

Lego-Robotics Camps

Creative Green City Planner (6/15-6/19, 7/20-7/24)

Our creative city planners will design, build, and test robots to develop a green city.  In order to secure efficient operations in the city, the scientists will need to research new technology and create specific tasks for the robots to perform.  Experimenting with speed and distance, as well as exploring the effects of friction is only part of the game! This is a course of medium challenge level, and thus a comfortable entry point for those who have had introductory Lego-programming experience.

 Introduction to Mobile Robotics (6/22-6/26, 7/27-7/31)

Seeing their robots successfully perform the tasks is the greatest fun and reward!  This would be the beginning for a very exciting journey for the budding Lego-Robotics engineers.  Through participation of the robotics projects, they will learn about programming and controlling input and output devices.   As a team they will learn the engineering process of developing solutions through building, testing, and evaluating.   This is a medium challenge level course and would be a comfortable entry point for participants with introductory Lego-programming experience and basic science knowledge on speed and forces.

 Mobile Robotics Continuation (7/6-7/10, 8/3-8/7)

This is the continuation of the exciting journey for the budding engineers!  The projects are based on the following real-life themes: Automated Mining, Sentry Guard Dog, and Automated Tree Measuring. Students work independently using a variety of sources to expand their knowledge in order to design, build and program effective solutions.  In the process they will be programming and controlling inputs, such as ultrasonic, sound, light, and touch sensors, and output devices, such as motors and lamps.  This is a course at the advanced medium challenge level.  It is designed for experienced learners who also have a solid basic science knowledge on speed and forces to maximize the benefit.

 Robotics with EV3 (7/13-7/17, 8/10-8/14)

This is a new robotics curriculum developed by Lego system.  It opens up broader possibilities and deeper level of exploration for the enthusiastic engineers.  They will have opportunities to design and build programmable robots using motors, sensors, gears, wheels and axles, and other technical components.  They learn to interpret two-dimensional drawings to create three-dimensional models.  Through team work, they get to build, test, troubleshoot, and revise designs to improve robot performance.  All the projects will engage their minds and excite their hearts!

Physics & Programming Courses for Serious Learners

If your budding engineer has passed the stage of Lego enrichment camps and is ready for more challenges, these science and engineering summer short courses are for him/her:

Introduction to Mechanics and Electronics (6/15-7/2, M,T,W,Th, 9:00-12:30)
This course is intended for students who wish to receive an early and fun preparation for future classes in Physics or Engineering. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of Mechanics and Electronics through the use of Lego Educational Mechanics sets, SNAPCIRCUIT kits, and other related toolkits. The class is designed to combine concepts in Pre Algebra and first year Algebra, with some basic formulas and principles of Mechanics and Electronics and encourages students to apply these ideas   by completing various projects such as: designing catapults, designing bridges, designing a roller coaster, creating a wind driven vehicle, exploring various motors, understanding and using simple electric circuits, developing a video game sound engine, and other related projects.
Prerequisites: Some pre algebra concepts, such as manipulating and solving equations

Mechanics and Electronics Application (7/7-7/24, M,T,W,Th, 9:00-12:30)
This course is designed for students with prior experience in Mechanics and Electronics or with a greater ambition to receive a more rigorous, yet fun,  preparation for future advanced classes in Physics or Engineering. Students explore in greater depth the theory and practice of Mechanics and Electronics through the use of Lego Educational Robotics sets, ELENCO 3000 kits, and other related toolkits. The class is designed to combine advanced concepts in Algebra, with some principles of Mechanics and Electronics and encourages students to apply these ideas  by completing various projects such as: designing automated catapults, designing motorized bridges, creating a Mars Rover, understanding and using transistor circuits, developing a video game sound engine, and other related projects. Some projects include the use of MATLAB, AUTOCAD, or other simulation tools to assist with the design.
Prerequisites: First year Algebra.

Java Readiness thru Game Dev & Lego Robotics ( 7/27-8/14, M,T,W,Th, 9:00-12:30)
This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge or experience in Java programming. It is intended as a fun and easy way for students of any age to learn the basics of Java programming in the context of game development and Lego Robotics programming and offers a smooth transition to more advamced courses in Java. Students learn the concepts of variables, assignment, conditional statements, while and for loops, nnd objects and classes. These concepts are used to create small game projects and programming various Lego robotic constructions, such as motorized vehicles, a Mars Rover, and a Robot Humanoid.
Prerequisites: Pre algebra or first year Algebra

In addition to fostering further interest in science and programming, these courses also pave the way to the advanced high school engineering track of Legend College Preparatory.

Communication-Writing Camps

Short Story and Animation, G5-7 (7/13-7/17)

Participants will learn about the story components, such as the plot, character, setting, and conflict.  Applying what they have learned, they will create a short story and tell it in front of an audience using an animation as a visual.  Through creation of an animation, their visualization for character development and critical thinking for a logical plot would be strengthened.  Team work, discussions, and peer reviews will help each student hone their skills to engage the audience by using various tones of voice, expression, and body language.

Speech Writing & Public Speaking, G5-7 (7/20-7/24)

The camp curriculum introduces students to the tips of effective public speaking.  Students will choose a topic and become his/her own speech writer.  Lessons and activities are designed to train children to become observant, build confidence for speaking in public, and apply the basic speaking skills through practice.

Research & Media Presentation G8-9 (7/27-7/31)

Students will be guided to conduct a research project to answer a question or solve a problem.  They will learn to narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate and synthesize multiple sources on the subject.  In the process, they will hone their skills to use advanced search effectively, assess the usefulness of the source, and to integrate the information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas.  Effectively integrating technology as tool for research and communicating ideas is another essential component of the camp.  Students will be introduced and coached to use different software and channels for presentation.

Expository Writing and Media Presentation (8/3-8/7)

Students will research a topic of their choice and in the process they will learn essential research skills, such as, note taking, using graphic organizers, and producing summaries.  Based on their research, they will then create a slide project and give a 3-5 minute oral presentation.

The Persuasive Power of Commercials (8/10-8/14)

This is a course integrating writing and public speaking skills.  Through creation of a commercial, students will learn relevant persuasive writing skills, such as exercising word choice, analyzing audience, and presenting supportive reasons.  After completing their writing, students will be guided to deliver the commercial.  Through the delivery, students will learn how to control voice tones, use body language, and build confidence against stage flight.