Radical Robots: LEGO® EV3®s and Sphero® SPRK - Ages 10 - 13
9 am - 3:30 pm

This is a 2017 summer camp.
2018 summer camps will be updated in January 2018.

Design, build, and program robots that can interact with you, perform complex tasks, and respond to changes in the environment. We'll use the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3® robotics building set as well as the playful Sphero® SPRK.

Begin with engineering techniques as we build programmable EV3® robots using motors, sensors, gears, and other technical components. We'll use robotics software to create and run programs which control the robots on missions. Programming is easy with Mindstorms code blocks which link input devices, such as sensors, to outputs like motors and LED screens. We'll start with simple sequences and advance to more complex programs which use loops and conditional logic.

We'll also team up to solve real-world engineering challenges with the EV3® robots. Students work through missions patterned after First Lego League (FLL) competitions, learning to design for a purpose, test a variety of possible solutions, and work as a team to develop optimal engineering and programming solutions.

Students will also work with Sphero® SPRK, the robotic ball with lights and a gyroscope. With the use of Sphero's Lightning Lab app, students will program their Sphero SPRK to complete missions, make light and sound shows, obtain data from scientific activities, and play games. It's a chance to discover how real-world robotics works through playful projects.

Robotics ages 5 - 7

Camp Hours and Daily Schedule

  • 9:00-9:15 Project overview, key concepts and team-building
  • 9:15-10:20 Build and program EV3 robots
  • 10:20-10:40 Outdoor recess (campers bring snacks)
  • 10:40-12:00 Program, customize, test, and play with creations
  • 12:00-12:30 Supervised lunch break (campers bring lunch)
  • 12:30-2:10 Team coding projects with Sphero SPRK robot
  • 2:10-2:30 Outdoor recess (campers bring snacks)
  • 2:30-3:15 Continue with Sphero or EV3 projects
  • 3:15-3:30 Clean-up & review

Robotics ages 5 - 7

Activities and Take Homes

Top Skills Gained Through Activities
Engineering and design of robots with microcomputers, motors and sensors, Programming with loops and switches, Understanding use of real-world robots, Animatronics, Applied math and science, Teamwork skills, Problem-solving, Logical thinking.

Take Homes
TBD. (Note that students do not take home the daily building projects nor pieces from the class.)

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