- It Works!
It’s no easy task trying to teach thirty kids ages 6-11 robotics basics in the frenetic environment of a full blown YMCA summer camp, with other campers regularly tramping through classrooms from the swimming pool, indoor or outdoor sports programs or simply on their way from one area of the building to another. The Bob Sierra YMCA hosts a stunning array of activities and programs and all of them appear packed this week!
But no group goes by without oggling the LEGOs, and it’s common to hear some plaintive voices proclaiming in passing, “I wish I was in that
camp!” Such is the power of LEGOs!
And such are the skills, perseverence, and good natured adaptability of Team Duct Tape members in managing and teaching their many and varied charges throughout the day, that a lot of our campers don’t want to leave when camp is over.
Today, campers got some sticky teamwork in with a marshmallows and spaghetti building challenge, learned about sensors , and worked more on understanding gear ratios. And here’s a tip, courtesy of one of our clever programmers — when working with a rowdy crowd of grade schoolers, use a sound sensor and program the robot to stop when sound is detected, so it will only run when the room is quiet! (Genius, Lee! )
Tomorrow, center of gravity and lever attachments, loops and if-then blocks and rubberband cars!
Learning about Programming
Our 2010 LEGO Robotics Camp kicked off today, with a great group of eager learners. Campers learned programming and A
A Little Building Test
Little Building Testbuilding basics, and just took off with them. We’ll be kicking things up a bit in the next few days, and then putting everyone’s new skills to the test with a mini-tournament at the end of the week.
Parents got in on the act, too, at a parent workshop to learn more about FIRST LEGO League. Everyone enjoyed learning about the broad range of learning opportunities FIRST provides, and we had fun sharing our love of FIRST with families and students.
Parents Like Learning, Too!