9am - 3:30pm
Campers gain hands-on skills in programming, electronics and robotics through projects with a Pokémon and animal theme. We will build creatures that move with LEGO WeDo robotics components, from a hopping rabbit to the Bulbasaur Pokemon to the dragon, Toothless. Students learn how to control motors, use sensors and program instructions with code blocks.
Students also learn how to code by making their own themed computer games using Scratch software. We'll make a soccer game with Pokemon, a maze adventure and a virtual mini-golf or target game. Students use code blocks, the perfect introduction to the world of computer science. Students build the games with loops, conditionals, and variables to create actions to make their games fun and challenging. Students then use their new knowledge to customize game play. Best of all, campers take home their games to play as well as the software, so they can improve their skills at home.
We will also broaden robotics skills with a team project experience - programming the Sphero robotic ball to move through a maze to catch a Pokemon! The ball, with its gyroscope and lights, matches a pokeball and the students work as a team to develop creative solutions to challenges.
We'll end the week by making talking computer characters, from a dog to a character such as Pikachu or a Minecraft chicken. It's called facial animation and leads to some cool and funny videos.
All in all, it's a full week of tech projects and new skills to learn - all with a Pokemon and animal theme!