Camps for Ages 9 – 11

2018 Camp Offerings

for Ages 9-11

June 4-8 - Fabrication Camp

We will introduce your camper to the world of digital fabrication, where they can produce in the real world whatever they can imagine and create on a computer! We will work with powerful 2D and 3D design software that is appropriate for kids, but still able to make complex objects. Then we will teach your child to produce their designs on a variety of digital fabrication machines, including 3D printers, paper plotters / cutters, and a CNC machine. Participants will take home all of their creations!

June 11-15 - Lego EV3 Robotics & Minecraft Camp

Campers will build and program Lego EV3 Mindstorms – designed to help children take ownership of the learning process, enabling them to actively develop the problem-solving skills and collaborative outlook necessary to become creators, not just consumers. This camp employs a split day format where campers get to spend the morning learning robotics and coding skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.

June 18-22 - Build & Code your own Computer using Python

Campers will assemble their own computer (which they will take home with them at the end of the week) including a screen, keyboard and mouse, and a Raspberry Pi board to act as its CPU. After assembling the computer, campers will learn how to program it to play games, interact with an included expansion board hosting lights, buttons, and sensors. This fun and challenging camp will expand kid’s understanding of how computers work and their coding skills. These skills will allow them to continue programming their new computer when they bring it home.

June 25-29 - Digital Media Production w/ Photography

Campers will learn to use digital point-and-shoot as well as DSLR cameras to capture beautiful photographs. We will dabble in lighting techniques, rule of thirds, leading lines, and even photo editing techniques. We will take several field trips this week to take beautiful photographs.

July 2-6 - Intro to VexIQ Robotics

Campers with engage in a series of fun and challenging projects and competitions using the VEX IQ robotics system to build and code their own robotic creations. Using the same building systems and programming language (Graphical ROBOTC) our competitive teams use in the fall, campers will learn mechanical and drive systems needed to create robots that move, grab, and lift objects guided by remote control or autonomous code.  The robots abilities will be extended through the use of sensors which can be coded to measure angle, distance, color, and sense touch to extend the robot’s abilities and complete more complex tasks.  This camp is a great starting place for kids who wish to join competitive VEX Robotics competitions on their school teams or on teams we sponsor through Young Makers Lab.

July 9-13 - Video Game Programming & Minecraft Camp - Level 1

Campers will learn to program their own video games using one of the most popular video game software packages available - developed by the engineers at MIT. This camp employs a split day format where campers get to spend the morning learning video game programming skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.

July 16-20 - Video Game Programming & Minecraft Camp - Level 2

Campers will take their own video games to the next level, learning how to include advanced elements including gravity, scorekeeping, levels and more. This camp employs a split day format where campers get to spend the morning learning video game programming skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.

July 23-27- Lego EV3 Robotics & Minecraft Camp

Campers will build and program Lego EV3 Mindstorms – designed to help children take ownership of the learning process, enabling them to actively develop the problem-solving skills and collaborative outlook necessary to become creators, not just consumers. This camp employs a split day format where campers get to spend the morning learning robotics and coding skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.

July 30-August 3 - Fabrication Camp

We will introduce your camper to the world of digital fabrication, where they can produce in the real world whatever they can imagine and create on a computer! We will work with powerful 2D and 3D design software that is appropriate for kids, but still able to make complex objects. Then we will teach your child to produce their designs on a variety of digital fabrication machines, including 3D printers, paper plotters / cutters, and a CNC machine. Participants will take home all of their creations!

August 6-10 - Engineer's Camp

Introduce your child to the world of engineering through building, play, cooperation, and thought-provoking challenges. At different points in the week, campers will work individually, in pairs, and in teams to solve simple to complex engineering challenges.

August 13-17 - Video Game Programming Level 1

Campers will learn to program their own video games using one of the most popular video game software packages available - developed by the engineers at MIT. This camp employs a split day format where campers get to spend the morning learning video game programming skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.

Why Programming or Robotics for ages 9-11?

These courses are part building and part programming. Your children love building things. They love using tools and making things work. In these camps your children will have ample opportunity to build, repair, and rebuild. Then they get to program!

Programming is a highly technical endeavor but it doesn't have to be boring. Our instructors make learning programming easy, fun, and intuitive. Your children will practice story telling, storyboarding, problem solving and creativity.

Computer Programming is the language that will separate your children from the rest.