ROBOTICS MISSION TO MARS
& INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING
Campers will be introduced to robotics with a very current and real-world theme—traveling to and living on Mars! Classes use the latest LEGO® control system, the EV3, and most current curriculum. Students will work as engineers as they progress through lessons, challenges, and projects that fully integrate science, technology, and math concepts, while promoting creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork.
This camp is targeted at students in grades 5–8. Students will work in small groups to build and program their robots to address various challenges. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative, and fun environment. No prior knowledge of robotics is required.
- BASICS OF GEARS
Students apply physical science and math principles to build effective robots and learn about gear operation, control, ratio selection, and more.
- LEARNING MISSIONS
Students progress through nine distinct missions in which they investigate, observe, calculate, and apply their knowledge to solve specific tasks such as moving objects, programming, and using sensors to help navigate difficult terrain.
- CHALLENGE MISSIONS
Students apply and creatively adapt programming and problem-solving skills to design and build robots to solve seven very different space challenges.
- RESEARCH PROJECTS
Students explore, plan, and develop around three fundamental challenges NASA engineers and scientists are working to solve: 1) how to ensure humans can survive in space, 2) how humans can create energy in space, and 3) how robots can help humans explore space.
- INTRO TO 3-D PRINTING
Students will be able to select and print an object to take home.
- Daily physical breaks, such as playing basketball or soccer, plus a variety of group games.
- Learn to prepare presentations of their discoveries and share results with parents and friends on Friday.
This course is offered by Westlake Chap Robotics (www.chaprobotics.com) through our non-profit organization, WESTA (www.westaaustin.org). Students and teachers at Westlake use the LEGO EV3 as part of a fully integrated robotics curriculum offered for high-school students. Their FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) competition team ha won numerous regional competitions and has twice been awarded the FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award for outstanding overall program and received the FIRST Engineering Inspiration Award, as well as a 19th place ranking in the recent FRC World Championships in St. Louis, MO, April 24–26, 2014. To learn more about FIRST, visit usfirst.org.