TechGarage Summer Robotics Camp
Where: FAU High School
When: June 20–24, June 27–July 1, July 11–15, July 18-22
Our camp focus this year is programming things that move and continue to work on build skills related to CAD design. Each week we will divide the group into four classes Land, Sea, Air and Build. In prior years of camp everyone signs up for one week to try it out and return for multiple weeks. If you have a particular class of interest then please specify that on the order form. Each class will be limited to 10 students because of the resources required to provide each camper with a kit. As an example if we only have 10 drones we can't sign up 12 for that class. Preference will be given based on year round membership in TechGarage and the order that non-members register. We have over 50+ members in the TechGarage year round program and based on camps over the last two years we will fill up quickly.
ADVANCED (Grades 6-12) $350/week or $1200 for all 4 weeks (9am-5pm)
LAND - First Tech Challenge Autonomous Programming with a focus on using sensors(Gyro, IR, Touch, Accelerometer, Camera) using Java on Android
SEA - MATE Underwater ROV - Raspberry Pi/Arduino (Will require time in the pool)
AIR - Bebop Drone programming Python/Node.js using OpenCV
BUILD - Bridge Building using Laser Cutter, 3D printers and no glue. Program RC race car with Arduino
BEGINNING (Grades 4-6) $350/week or $1200 for all 4 weeks (9am-5pm)
LAND - First Lego League(FLL) Build and program a Lego EV3 Mindstorm robot to complete missions
SEA - Build an underwater ROV using SeaPerch
AIR - Program Spider Minidrone using Tynker
BUILD - Design and build water bottle rocket in simulator and then CAD parts to be made using laser cutter and 3D printer
For Beginning camp we will have additional activities at the end of the day that have a technical focus
As a parent probably the best criteria to determine if your son or daughter will be interested in the program is directly proportional to how often you ask them to stop playing minecraft or video games. This is a great program to redirect those energies towards competitive robotics and all the learning that goes with it.
We often get asked if we accept students who are in the second and third grade. Generally speaking 4th grade is a good age to start in the program as it is intense but fun and you need to be highly motivated to figure out why something isn't working. We have had 2nd and 3rd graders excel in the program and are with us year round doing amazing things. If you are interested in signing up your 2nd or 3rd grader please send us an email to setup a phone call to discuss. We will be looking for strong technical apptitude and will ask that you have them try out www.codecombat.com which is a great way to learn programming because they make it fun. Based on the level they reach in the game and their overall interest in putting in the time will be a strong indicator they will do well in camp.
Students will need to bring their lunch, snack and drink. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
STEM HQ began in 2013 as a community based non-profit (EIN 46-2516444) to make it easy for students who are interested in building a robot to form teams and compete in FLL. In 2013, we started 11 teams based in Boca and Delray that met twice a week for practice and competed in two regional tournaments. We are basically bringing the model of baseball, basketball, soccer etc. to robotics. STEM HQ provides the equipment, practice locations and technical mentoring for the students removing the challenges associated with starting a team. STEM HQ coordinates two FTC teams and a FRC team consisting of some incredibly talented students at Delray Atlantic High.
In 2015, the program expanded to year round and we supported at our TechGarage facility 8 FLL teams, 14 FTC teams, and 1 FRC team. We also expanded programs in the Spring to year round members to participate in MATE, Drones and Ten80.
To learn more about members of the STEM HQ team please visit http://www.stemhq.org/about-us.
Eagles Robotics Xperience,
In 2014, the team was undefeated in South Florida and was ranked 5th in the state (out of 150 teams). They were the finalist alliance at the Florida State Championship and the United States Southern Division Super Regional.
They advanced to the FTC World Championship in St. Louis Missouri, which they won.
All net proceeds from the TechGarage Summer Robotics Camp will be used to support competitive robotics programs in the coming year. STEM HQ is very focused on outreach to get more girls involved and will be working towards establishing an all-girl FTC and FRC team. Additionally, STEM HQ is working closely with the Pearl City Cats and other at-risk programs to introduce young minds to competitive robotics.