A Warm Welcome to Zoobots Upgraded, Mornings Summer Camp! Grades 1-5.
Zoobots are computer controlled robots that look and act like animals! Kids in grades 1 to 5 love this camp as they build robotic animals in theme enclosures just like a real zoo. A lion in grassland or a giraffe eating leaves off of a tall tree! Birds, hippopotami, seals – all kinds of animals. There’s even a Venus Fly Trap that acts like an animal as it eats bugs. We have Bluetooth and remote controlled hubs for our robots! No more wires! This year we will be Powered Up Hubs to make the robots even more awesome!
Every child will be working at his or her own computer workstation, following plans to build zoobots. We will first use remote controls to learn how gears and motors work, and then program a robot using a Powered Up Hub with a motor and sensor and its drop down visual programming app. It’s easy to use and easy to understand. This is a nice fun way to introduce young children to robotics and programming. Older campers may also try Lego Boost based builds!
Campers will learn how to use instructinos to read the robot’s sensors and control motors. Wow! Super exciting! Each learner will have use of their own tablet/computer and building station where they can play, learn and work on the robotic and programming projects by themselves. Young children co-play and co-play is recognized as being an important first step towards teamwork. To facilitate teamwork with co-play, learners are grouped in pairs so that each child can help the other during building and programming times. It’s also nice for a learner to have someone nearby to show off to. This camp is a good place to start coding even if your young learner has been briefly exposed to robots in school or elsewhere.
To break up the time we also have craft time during which we paint and assemble our zoos enclosures.