Roving Robots Ages 10-13

Robot Builders and Coders, LEGO® EV3s and mBot®


Design, build, and program robots that interact with you, perform complex tasks, and respond to changes in the environment. In the morning, we'll use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 motors, sensors, gears, and other technical components to make versions of real-world robots. Projects include a hotel "botler" that can be programmed to bring items to guests, a self-driving car, a robot floor sweeper, and an animatronic monkey face. Learn the design and programming elements used in these popular robot machines.

Next, enhance your robotics skills with MakeBlock's mBot programmable robot. You will use software similar to Scratch to create code with blocks to control the mBot. You'll learn to create and animate the bot's eyes through an LED matrix panel, as well as how to program obstacle avoidance and movement to correspond to to keyboard or remote control commands. The mBot is an Arduino-microcontroller robot. Your block code commands are translated into the Arduino-C language which you can view, and which control the bot. We'll have lots of team games with the bot to further your learning.

We'll end the week with team collaboration on First LEGO League-inspired challenges. You'll work in a group to design and customize an EV3 robot to perform a series of tasks, learning teamwork and problem-solving in the process.

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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