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Robot Boot Camp

This 3-day robotics camp runs 4 hours per day and costs $75. We  are limited to 6 campers since each participant will build and program their own robot to maximize hands-on work with the Vex parts. This is a weakness of other more expensive robotics camps where participants are placed in large groups and may get little actual hands-on. This camp emphasizes the engineering design and planning process - and there will be enough equipment for each person to experience every aspect  of the process hands-on.

Day 1

Lecture:  Robot Concepts and Development/Build Process
Lecture and demo: Center of Gravity
Lecture and demo: Motors and Gears
Activity: Beginning the Build process:  “Square Bot”

Day 2

Lecture and Demo: Controlling the Robot – Sensors, programming and driving
Activity: Continue the Build process with yout ”Square Bot”

Day 3

Lecture and demo: Customizing the robot with personalized subsystems
Lecture and demo: Competition and Game Strategy
Activity: Practice for mini-competition
Family and Guest Activity: attend and enjoy the mini-competition*

* Competition of square bots - certificates and prizes to the final winner and runner ups.

Family and siblings are invited to attend.


Note:  Green Orientation is not a pre-requisite for Robotics camp.  Kids will be using hand tools (screwdriver/wrench/pliers), and any machine work will be done by adult members.

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  • Jennyfer P.

    We'd like to invite the families both in the class and on the waiting list to the mini vest tournament. Please come and cheer the kids on. There will be time for everyone to try driving the robots and to ask questions after the class. The start time is11:30 and we should be finished by 12:30. We are also interested in prospective team members in the 7th grade to high school age ranges.

    August 9, 2013

  • Jee V.

    they said a spot just opened... my daughter would like to come. however, the link/button to click and pay/register doesn't work.. any idea on how to take the opened spot?

    August 7, 2013

    • Jennyfer P.

      Oh, wait, I just checked and actually Brian (the host) took his name out. So there are still 6 students. We don't have parts for a 7th. We are really hoping to do another class though.

      August 8, 2013

    • Jee V.

      Ok I'll wait for the next one.

      August 8, 2013

  • Jennyfer P.

    The team did their final practice and parts packing yesterday. So many parts!!! No wonder the Vex kits are $300. TODAY, is the final day we will be giving refunds if you canx. This is the kids' main fundraiser and there is a waiting list. So please make sure you will make it. For those on the waiting list, the team wants to see how this class goes and then we are very optimistic about offering another class so I've copied your emails down to notify you privately before posting.

    Please be sure to pack a lunch. Arrive at 8:45 (NOT EARLIER) for a bit of social time and we will start promptly at 9:00. It took Mr. Blake 4 hours to build and program his first square-bot...and he's an engineer and Vex expert!! So, it will take a lot of focus, a lot of help, 3 types of wrenches, a zillions screws, and a lot of driving practice to get your robot ready for the final competition. See y'all on Thursday.


    August 5, 2013

  • Dream

    My little girl, Liya will love to attend!

    July 20, 2013

    • Jennyfer P.

      I'm just being cautious. You used the term little girl. Wanted Tj make sure you saw the requirement for 7th grade age level and above. you mean a little girl in the 7th and above grade level.

      July 21, 2013

  • Rahima

    Sounds great. Would love to sign up my 7th grader daughter but it'll likely be a holiday for us. Is it Th, Fri, & Sat 9-1? & it's full now, right?

    July 18, 2013

  • Madeline

    I'm signing up Francisco V., an 10th grader at Westfield HS

    July 18, 2013

  • Cassie

    This sounds great! I wish I could come but I will be out of town. Will you hold another of these?

    July 17, 2013

    • Jennyfer P.

      That one I don't know. It us up to the team. If us a good fundraiser and possible recruiting tool.

      July 17, 2013

  • Bridget M.

    I see the 1st day is Sat. what are the other 2 days when the camp is held Is prior robotics or any other type of experience needed?

    July 17, 2013

    • Jennyfer P.

      The first day is on Thursday. There is a schedule for each day on the meetup listing. There will be various design and part lessons and grandson. The afternoons will be spent designing, building, and programming the robot. No experience is needed. Just a passion for engineering, technology, programming, and such. Vex robots are very expensive, but they a good step up from Lego robotics, but not an overwhelming step up.

      July 17, 2013

  • Jennyfer P.

    The recommended age range is 7th grade and up. Each person will work independently on their design and build. This is mostly so the participants can be at an age for collaboration and interactive team work. For the game, alliances are formed and there is some collaborative strategizing (hopefully), so it helps if they are ready for team-thinking.

    July 17, 2013

  • David S.

    is there a recommended age range that this is targeted for?

    July 17, 2013

    • Yasmeen

      I was wondering the same thing

      July 17, 2013

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