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– Experiment with gear ratios to build a superior climbing bot
– Learn about different motor types and properties like torque while designing a robot that can smash a pinata
– Go head-to-head with other campers in timed trials to see who can complete challenges the fastest
– Explore the iterative engineering design process as your robots fail hilariously
– Experience engineering constraints first-hand as you avoid causing collateral damage to hapless humans
– Win prizes for designing the most elegant dancing robot
Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, RoboCo is a PC digital robotics kit focused on fostering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and robotics interest in young learners. As they form hypotheses and build robots to conquer tricky challenges, campers will learn about robotics fundamentals and develop critical future-ready skills like creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.
Campers will be able to build any robot they can imagine, drawing from an expansive variety of parts to bring the machines of their dreams to life. As we tinker and experiment, we’ll hook up controls, customize how our robots move and operate, and even add fun cosmetics like googly eyes and hats to give them a little personality!
Camp Instructor and Filament Games CEO Dan White believes that good gameplay and good learning are complementary rather than oppositional forces. An alumnus of Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dan earned an M.S. in Education Technology under seminal learning game scholars Drs. Kurt Squire and James Paul Gee. Prior to founding Filament, Dan worked as a teacher, an instructional designer, and a game developer. Dan’s passions include learning games, sustainability, mindfulness, and modernizing institutional education.
Learn more about Dan’s philosophy on experimentation and the power of constructive failure for learning:
Design, build, and play! Campers at the RoboCo Digital Robotics Summer Camp will log in via Google Hangouts and explore a guided curriculum with Filament Games CEO Dan White, a 15 year veteran of the learning games industry with a Masters in Education Technology from UW-Madison. Using open-ended play in the Sandbox mode and objective-based play in Challenge mode, campers will experience a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes experimentation, constructive (and often hilarious) failure, iteration, and success! At the end of the course, campers will have developed their understanding of fundamental robotics and strengthened their grasp of the 4C’s of future-ready skills – creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration!
Title: RoboCo 101: Introduction to Robotics
Instructor: Dan White, CEO of Filament Games
Time period: Camps offered weekly from June 22 to August 21
Structure: M-F, 1-4 CST
Enrollment cap per class (week): 9
Age range: 9 – 16
Cost: FREE for this inaugural pilot session
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