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Robotics - Gr 6-8

Education Unlimited - Robotics - Gr 6-8

In this course, students will explore the emerging science of robot mechanics as they build and program their robot from scratch, remotely control it, experiment with light and pressure sensors, create drive trains for varying terrains, and play robotic sports.

Students will use the VEX robotics platform, the world’s premier classroom robotics platform.   We will begin by building a chassis - our robot needs a stable structure to provide physical support and like a skeleton, it holds everything in place and is the building block from which other systems can be added.   Next, we will mount motors to the chassis and add wheels and gears to complete the drive system so our robot can move as we learn about speed and torque.

 

As we build and program our robots, we will explore electrical circuits and built power (batteries) as well as communications systems (radio controller) for our robots.  As we employ design thinking we will learn about the engineering process to brainstorm, design, construct, test, and redesign as we used our robots to solve problems.   Finally, we will enhance our robots with sensors, robotic arms, and programming as we test their capabilities in several early challenges, including terrain challenge and a transportation challenge!  Our week will culminate in a finale presentation challenge of designing a robotics sport competition! 

 

To register for this session: 

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On page 3 of the application, select the following: 

Camp Category: Science Camps - Co-Ed

Camp Name: Robotics - Gr 6-8

  • Rising 6-8 grade students should also consider the Astronomy programs offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.
  • Rising 4-6 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Intro to Engineering, Anatomy/Physiology and Intro To Marine Science programs offered at Stanford, Caltech and MIT.
  • Rising 6-8 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Astronomy and Marine Science programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 8-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Neuroanatomy and Robotics programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 7-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Robotics program offered at Caltech.


Robotics - Gr 6-8 - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Jacqueline  Acres, MS (Robotics Instructor)

Jacqueline Acres, MS — Robotics Instructor

Jackie Acres graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and from UNLV with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering.  While completing her degree, she had the opportunity to teach university mechanical engineering students the principles of robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms platform.  She...


Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



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