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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.