Robotics and 3D Modeling, Grades 7-11 (Week 1 of 2)
Week 4: July 24-28, 2017
Do you love to design, build, or program? Do you dream of ways of applying these skills to the world around you? If your answer is “yes,” this session is for you! Whether you are a robotics pro or just developing an interest, you will explore a wide variety of engineering applications from mechanical design to computer modeling and code-based programming.
We will utilize the VEX robotics platform programmed with the EasyC programming, formerly used by FIRST Robotics. FIRST Robotics helps shape students into science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting programs that build skills, inspire innovation, and nurture life skills such as self-confidence and communication.
This session will focus on interactive and collaborative design, and the creation and modification of robots to perform specific tasks and address obstacles. In our time together, campers will also begin to learn 3D design software, such as Autodesk Inventor Professional, using consumer grade 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Campers will develop a network of peers and mentors who are also interested in changing the world through scientific and technological innovation; coaches will include members of KO's award-winning Robotics team.
For students entering grades 7-11; minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14.
Program runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO Robotics for his fourth season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for middle school FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs, and he will draw upon his experience working with various robotics platforms including LEGO Mindstorms and VEX (among others) to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a coach or a technical and presentation judge in state and regional level FLL competitions, he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving.
While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.
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