Welcome to Robot Engineering Camp!
Robot Engineering introduces young learners in Grades 4 to 8 to the amazing world of robotics and programming. The camp will be a measured introduction to the electronics of the robot and programming concepts. Progressively more complex tasks will be given as challenges to be met, on an individual and team basis.
The VEX IQ Superkit is used in the class with the RobotC programming environment. Many of the concepts can be matched using the Lego EV3 robotic system for those who have these at home. RobotC is free for the VEX system, however, it is sold at a nominal charge for Lego systems.
The VEX IQ™ Superkit has over 850 pieces including a powerful ‘brain’, 12 configurable inputs and outputs, 4 motors, colour sensor, distance sensor, gyroscope sensor, 2 touch sensors and 2 bumper sensors. There are more electronics in the VEX system than Lego, and that leads to more interesting designs. VEX Robots can be built quickly leaving time for programming, testing and competitive fun. VEX also has the largest robotics competitions in the world and is supported by Carnegie Mellon’s online robotics program. It is a good robotic development system for education.
Each pair of learners will have use of one VEX IQ Superkit robot, and each learner will use his or her own computer when programming. Typically one learner programs and the other assembles and troubleshoots and the roles are reversed the following class. Learners will demonstrate their robots on specially designed sensor and competition mats.
This course will be different from previous courses in that learners must have at minimum strong Grade 4 arithmetic knowledge. Learners must be able to divide and multiply and be able to understand basic right angle triangle geometry. Children in lower grades are encouraged to enrol in our Lego robotics classes.
Every learner will have their individual workstation.