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Jr and Sr Robotic Engineers

Robots are not just science fiction any more! Join us for a week of fun with robots and learn all about the science of robotics. Discover the science behind gears and how robots use sensors to explore things around them. Learn about artificial intelligence and how it is revolutionizing our world. Put all this knowledge to use when you build your very own robot as you join us this summer in the Mad Science robot world.  Jr Robotics Engineers build the OWI Hyper Peppy and Sr Robotics Engineers build the OWI 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot.

Every day has a different theme and is geared to the interest and ability of the campers:

Gear It Up
Students learn what a robot is, the history of robotics, what robots are used for, and how they are changing our lives. Students are introduced to the mechanics of robotics. Activities involve learning about gears, torque, and experimenting with pneumatics. Students are challenged to build a three speed transmission using Lego Technic. Students also learn about robotic arms with the our robotic arm trainers. Campers begin to work on their very own take home robot.

Shocking, Isn't It!
Our robotic cadets learn all about the juice that makes modern robots go, that is, electricity. Campers learn what electricity is and experience the meaning of high voltage first hand with our Van de Graff generator. Students experiment with the force of electromagnetism by building their own electromagnets. Then they learn how the electromagnetic force is used to move robots by building an electric engine from scratch. Students continue to work on their take home robot.

Real Life Robotics
Campers get plenty of hands-on experience with real robots. Students learn about the use of R.O.V robots through the operation of OWI soccer robots and wireless Lego Spybots. Campers learn about the development of sensors and artificial intelligence while experimenting with OWI Spyder III, Lego Spybots, OWI Rokit and Hyper Peppy robots. The basics of programming a robot will be experienced first hand using the baby steps activity. Campers continue to work with their take home robot.

Robots in Action
Our Robotic Engineers are put to the test in this day’s activities. Each team is outfitted with a Lego Mindstorm Robotic Invention System and challenged to build a robot from scratch. Each team decides on the particular propulsion system and sensor systems best suited to the challenge they accept.

Robot Challenge (not in 4 day camp)
Teams finish building the robot that they designed and are challenged to program the robot using the laptop at camp. The robot must be able to evaluate sensory input and make the right decisions or the mission might take a turn for the worse. Are you up for this challenge? Do you have what it takes to be a Robotic Engineer? There is only one way to find out this summer, join the Mad Science Red Hot Robots camp.

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