Welcome to the 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.
Every learner will have access to a computer and a complete robotics development system; the VEX IQ Superkit robot. The cost of this camp is at bare bones,, considering the cost and amount of equipment and space available to each learner. There is no camp like this in Calgary and it is taught by an engineer, not a 2nd year student. The registration may be reduced if two siblings work on one robot together.
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.
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.
Learners will add new skills and demonstrate their achievements by programming 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 enroll in our Lego robotics classes.