The field of robotics is a fun way to introduce children to mechanical engineering and computer programming. The world of robotics is a great STEM tool for students to bridge the gap between computer science and engineering.The LEGO® Education SPIKE™ combines colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch. SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level. From easy-entry projects to limitless creative design possibilities, SPIKE Prime helps students learn the essential STEAM and 21st century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow all while having fun!
Morning session: incoming 1st and 2nd grade
Afternoon session: incoming 3rd through 5th grade
The Engineering design process
How to design & build structurally sound robots
SPIKE visual programming concepts
Gearing ratios and other engineering concepts
Controlling robot responses through sensors and programming
Writing and coding programs to optimize robot performance
Decision making structures
Team building and problem solving strategies
Sample Day Schedule
Parents/Guardians must walk in and check students in the first day.
9:00-9:15 or 1:00-1:15 Check In and Group Activity
9:15 - 10:15 or 1:15-2:15 First Activity Build/Challenge
10:15-10:30 or 2:15 - 2:30 Snack Break
10:30-11:45 or 2:30 -3:45 Second Activity/Challenge
11.45 or 3:45 Clean Up
12:00 or 4:00 Group Dismissal
**The last day of camp is "Parent Showcase Day". You will recieve the information when you check your child in the first day. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!**
What is the SPIKE Robotics System?
The SPIKE Robotics system is a complete erector style robotics kit made of specialized LEGO pieces, sensors, motors, and a specialized CPU known as the Brick that is made by the Lego Company for students to learn about robotics.
Do I need to bring a Lego Robotics SPIKE Kit?
No, NISD will provide SPIKE kits for students to use at camp.
Does get my child get to keep the SPIKE kit?
Unfortunately, the SPIKE kits are for classroom use only.
Does my child need to have any programming or robotics experience to enroll in this robotics engineering camp?
No, this camp curriculum is designed for students from beginner level to advanced level. Students with no experience will be given an introduction into both robotics & programming.
Is a snack or lunch provided at NISD TechnoCamps?
No. Students are asked to bring a drink and a snack for the 1/2 day camps. If your child is attending a full day camp, bring 2 snacks/drinks and a bagged lunch.
What will my child learn in this lego robotics summer camp?
Students will learn to build, design, and program their LEGO robots through a variety of challenges. Students will learn to include sensors, motors, and gears, and complex mechanisms into their designs to complete multiple robotics engineering challenges. Students will also learn the engineering iterative process to completing a new challenge. This camp is also good practice for students looking to participate in campus robotics clubs. .
My child is not within the age range of this camp. Is this camp appropriate for my child?
The age ranges provided are for informational and guidance purpose only. We feel that parents are the ultimate judge of where their child will comfortable. If parents are uncertain, we encourage parents to call us for appropriate recommendations on placement of their kids.