LongMetal is holding a summer camp! Or two.
We are offering two sessions available this summer. Both will be held at Longmeadow High School from 9 am to noon each day.
Students will learn real-world engineering, problem solving, leadership, and team building concepts as they work in groups to build robots to compete against others in a fun environment.
Session 1: July 9-13; The first of two camps, this session is aimed at students entering grades 3-6. While students will be given the opportunity to learn more advanced topics, this week will focus on skills such as motor control and timing and simple engineering concepts.
Session 2: July 30 - August 3; The second of two camps, this session aimed at for students entering grades 6-9. This week will focus on the basics (above) as well as more complex tasks such as reading from sensors and reacting to input as well as more complicated engineering problems such as gear ratios and leverage.
Both sessions will break students into teams that they will work with all week to design, build, and program their robots to compete against each other in a small competition that embraces problem solving, leadership, and team building.
What are you using?
Campers will build robots out of pieces from LEGO® Technic and Mindstorms kits to complete with challenges based on a past FLL challenge
What will my child learn?
The competition that we are basing our camp off of, FLL, embraces values that we believe are essential in STEM. The following is an excerpt from the official FIRST LEGO League website:
The FIRST Core Values are the cornerstones of [FLL]. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FIRST LEGO League from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.
We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:
Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!
We will also help your child learn to problem solve, become a leader, and learn to work in a team with others while also having fun.
How much does this camp cost?
Registration costs $200 per child per week, plus a $15 materials fee, which you can send with your child on the first day of camp.
Where is my money going?
The proceeds, excluding the Summer Enrichment fee and including the materials fee will support LongMetal Robotics, a FIRST robotics team based out of Longmeadow High School.
Who will teach my child?
All instructors of this camp are either trusted students of Longmeadow High School or CORI-Certified adults, so your child will have plenty of people to turn to for advice.