BotClub Summer Camp
Creative Design Experiences for Summer Fun.
2016 Camp Dates
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In this BotClub Design experience, students will produce Rube Goldberg style contraptions that integrate into a large prescribed machine. This design and problem solving experience is a great way to begin or nurture engineering curiosity. The nature of the challenge makes it appropriate for a wide range of ages and interests. Amidst the design and construction, students will be challenged to consider the values of “focus” and “intentional decision making.” (Ages 10+)
In this BotClub experience, younger students will produce Rube Goldberg style contraptions that integrate into a large undefined machine. This design and problem solving experience is a great way to begin or nurture engineering curiosity within the construction capabilities of young students. The nature of the challenge makes it appropriate for a wide range of interests. (Ages 8+)
In the 5-week long programming camp, we’ll learn how to use the VEX Cortex robot system and navigate the programming environment. Ages 12 and older.
In the BotClub Summer Camp, participants will work in small groups to design and build a creative solution to a fun challenge. Working with small groups of students, mentors guide students through the problem solving process. Building materials and basic tools will be provided. Students need only provide the creativity and persistence to complete the challenge.
In addition to the hands on experience, students will be exposed to related engineering and physics concepts in age-appropriate presentations and discussions. The project and design experience has been contrived to facilitate deductive thinking and gain skills for future STEM projects.
Mentors are recruited for more than their technical experience and skills. We intentionally seek out mentors who are motivated and capable of sharing their life experiences and insights in non-threatening ways. Our goal is to offer more than a brief hands-on design experience. We aim to challenge each student towards making better decisions on their own.
The Hard-to-find STEM Camp to Teens
It only takes a few google searches to begin to realize just how rare Teen camps are. The reality is that the many parents have given up the fight to make summer break educational by this age. The easy road is just letting older kids hang out at home. The number of camps being offered reflects the commercially interested population. That leaves the committed few with limited options. Brazos Robotics camps are the perfect educational experiences for your teen and tween. By this age, kids want a lot more independence. They want significant challenges. They want to exercise real decision making. Engineering Design offers exactly what they want. The trick is keeping it fun. Couple that with mentors that the kids can relate to, and you have an experience that not only educates…it impacts.
Requirements for Participation
- Class size varies greatly based on the camp and levels of mentor assistance that we anticipate.
- Signed parental consent and waiver form is required for all students.
- Recommended ages are based on our observations of “average” students in past years.
- Parents are asked to carefully consider the demeanor and work-ethic this project and environment requires from each student. Distractions can be a hazard for other students.
- Parents with great attitudes and patience with kids are invited as active participants.