Bot Camp is a Robotics summer day camp for students aged 10-14. Students work in pairs to design and build robots to play a sport. Once built, the robots compete in a sports tournament at the end of the week. The Bot Camp experience is an engaging way to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. It leverages the best aspects of sports and competition with learning. Most importantly, Bot Camp is incredibly fun!
Robotics: The Sport For The Mind
There are several sports available and our robotics instructors will evaluate individual participant’s skills and experience, and assign them a sport to play. Some of the sports include drag-racing, sumo-wrestling, maze-navigating, minefield-clearing, as well as VEX Robotics Competition games (example video below). Bot Camp strives to provide all the excitement, enjoyment and fun from a typical sports summer day camp, but also develop important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills that will give participants a head-start academically.
While building robots to play these sports, participants will develop multiple skills including:
- robot design
- mechanical assembly
- systematic troubleshooting
- design review and iteration
- strategic goal setting
- project management
- effective teamwork
- organization and time management
Bot Camp is perfect for all robotics skill levels. The only requirement is that students need to be aged 10-14 at some point in the year. If you have never built a robot before, and are interested in trying for the very first time, Bot Camp is perfect for you. If you are an experienced robot builder, and are looking to enhance and perfect your skills, Bot Camp is also the right place for you. Robotics instructors will evaluate your skill level on the first day, and tailor the experience for your level. Beginners will be presented with step-by-step instructions on how to build a simple robot. More advanced students will be given the freedom to build robots however they wish, using any of the parts available. In both cases, a robotics instructor is available on a 4 to 1 student to counsellor ratio. Instructors are always available to help with any problems, and to provide mentorship and guidance.
A Typical Day At Bot Camp
- 9:00am – Robotics lab opens. Instructors and students perform “Stand-Up Meeting” to set goals for the day.
- 9:10am – Robot building, programming and testing session. Instructors provide comprehensive mentorship.
- 10:30am – Morning snack break. Ultimate frisbee or other game.
- 10:45am – Robot building, programming and testing. Instructors provide comprehensive mentorship.
- 12:00pm – Lunch break. Ultimate frisbee or other game.
- 12:30pm – Robot building, programming and testing. Instructors provide comprehensive mentorship.
- 2:00pm – Afternoon snack break. Ultimate frisbee or other game.
- 2:15pm – Robot building, programming and testing. Instructors provide comprehensive mentorship.
- 3:30pm – Robotics lab closes.
Bot Camp strives to be the ultimate summer camp experience. We set ourselves apart from the competition in a number of ways:
Our robotics instructors are not your typical camp counselors. Each and every one is an accomplished roboticist with award-winning competitive robotics experience. They are equipped with the knowledge and background to be able to teach our participants very real robotics skills. We hire the best possible instructors. Find out more about them here.
Bot Camp is one of the first and only robotics camps in Canada to use the VEX IQ robotics kit. Every pair of Bot Camp students will get the exclusive use of one Super Kit AND one Competition Add-On Kit. The kits contain enough parts to build a world-class competitive robot. Compared to the LEGO NXT and EV3 kits available at other programs, VEX IQ allows students to drive their robots with a remote control against other robots. Driver control is a critical part of the sporting element behind Bot Camp. Additionally the VEX IQ kit supports a greater number of motors and sensors, allowing larger and more complex robots to be built. Find out more about the VEQ IQ kit here.
Our campus shares its home with one of the most accomplished robotics teams in the area. For the Summer 2017 season, Bot Camp will be running a campus at Victoria Park CI in Toronto. VPCI is the official “Robotics Hub” for the Toronto District School Board, and is the home of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 4914. Founded in 2014, the school’s Robotics team has already amassed an impressive number of awards. VPCI houses a state-of-the-art Robotics location, perfect for Bot Camp to provide the “ultimate technology experience.” The school also offers a world-class accredited International Baccalaureate diploma program, and hosts the Fall Fiesta Off-Season FIRST Robotics Competition.
Our management team has been involved with educational robotics programs for over 15 years. Robotics program are difficult to run: they require lots of expensive, specialized equipment, staff with very specific, constantly evolving technical knowledge, and the management experience to be able to make it all work. Bot Camp’s team possesses the proven experience in building world-class robotics programs at every level. We are confident that we will provide participants with the best robotics experience.