Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
iD Tech Camps Course | Ages 13-17
Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
Robotics Engineering & Programming Camp for Teens
- iD Tech Camps
- 13-17 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-16)
- Skill Level
- Beg - Adv
- Ratio Guarantee
- 8 students per instructor
- Yes (see below)
- VEX Robotics Design System, ROBOTC
Prerequisite: Ability to work in a team. Each student will be provided with an individual computer and will share robotics equipment.
Use the VEX Robotics Design System to build a frame and base for your robot, interchange wheels, create geared armatures, and engineer wiring. Your team’s bot will have to adapt to compete in user-piloted challenges and obstacle courses, as well as autonomous robot challenges that will require programming using ROBOTC software.
Note: Many of the activities are team-based to simulate real-world robotics competitions.
What Will Students Take Home?
Students in these summer camps with VEX will take home video footage of the week's robotics challenges, in order to recap how well their robots navigated courses, moved obstacles, and reacted to sensor input.
Additional Course Information
Our summer robotics engineering camps for teens are all about the bots. Working in small teams, students use the VEX Robotics Design System to compete in fun real-world challenges like robo-soccer, obstacle courses, capture-the-flag, tag, maze solving, and much more! The VEX Robotics Design System is both user-friendly and powerful, and it's the same system used in major regional and national robotics competitions, as well as in many high school and university-level robotics classes.
Use the VEX Robotics Design System to build a frame and base, interchange wheels, create geared armatures, and engineer wiring. Your team's bot will have to adapt to compete in user-piloted challenges such as robo-soccer and obstacle courses, as well as autonomous robot challenges that will require programmed instructions created on a PC. Each day will bring a new challenge, and your team's robot will have to morph to compete. Advanced students will have the opportunity to learn about building complex robotic sensors, advanced robot arms, drive trains, and programming "smarter" robots.
This season we have new kits and a more advanced parts inventory, including treads, sensors, and accessories to help take your skills to the next level. Robotics engineering is the main portion of this summer camp, but each student will be given a brief introduction to the easyC programming language. Finally, students will take home and upload a video of the week's battles, competitions, and collaborative teambuilding events, all put together by their instructor. Roll up your sleeves, brainstorm with your team, and get your hands dirty building robots at our summer robotics camps. View all robotics courses or engineering summer camps.
What Will Students Learn?
Students Will Learn to:
- Use proper gear ratios to create speed or torque
- Accomplish tasks using analog and digital sensors
- Identify programming control structures
- Participate in robotics challenges similar to popular robotics competition programs
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- VEX Robotics Design System
- ROBOTC programming
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Collaborative teamwork
- Adapting to new challenges
Skill Level | Is This Course Appropriate for Your Student?
This VEX robotics summer course requires the ability to work in teams. Designed for beginner to advanced learners ages 13-17 (Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-16) class curriculum is customizable and tailored to each student’s level with teammates working collaboratively to solve problems. You’ll be given fun daily challenges and gain invaluable problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
This robotics engineering and programming camp is ideal for students who enjoy problem-solving and want to develop interpersonal skills through working in a collaborative team setting. Do you like the mechanics and engineering of making things work? How about the thought of designing robots? Do you enjoy competition? Are you a “hands-on” learner? Students will have fun building robots and competing in robotics missions. These VEX courses provide a strong foundation for future study in computer engineering, math, mechanical engineering, and other STEM subjects.
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Hours & Tuition
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6pm Mon-Thurs, Fri 3-4pm (varies by site)
Tuition: From $799-1,249/week USD. All taxes included.
Commuter Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week
Check-In: Sunday 6pm
Pick-Up: Friday 3-4pm (times may vary)
All Inclusive: Add $569/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included
Please note: In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year.
Your Tuition Includes:
- 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio guarantee
- Diploma with instructor insights
- Final project portfolio
- Custom iD T-shirt and H2O bottle
- Access to online curriculum after camp
- Gaming tournaments
- Outdoor activities
- Campus tours (select locations)
- Software specials (most courses)
- New skills and self-confidence
Add $179 (annual subscription)
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Ultimate Gaming Weekends
Add $379 per weekend
Ultimate Gaming Weeknds (UGWs) are offered at select iD Tech Camps locations for ages 10+, and are intended to bridge the gap for students attending 2 consecutive weeklong camp sessions. You may also stay the weekend after your session. UGWs can be selected as an add-on during registration. Students who stay the weekend can expect campus excursions, gaming tournaments, and a variety of fun indoor and outdoor summer activities.
Continuing Education Units
Add $99 per week
Gain a competitive advantage for college! Teens ages 13-17 attending iD Tech Camps have the option to purchase accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs), issued by Villanova University. CEUs are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit continuing education programs. CEUs are not transferrable as college credit.
7:30am: Overnight Campers, rise and shine! Eat breakfast in the campus dining hall—breakfast is typically all-you-can-eat, and consists of favorites such as sausages, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, and fruit.
8am-9am: Check-in. All Campers meet for morning announcements, ice breakers, and team-building activities.
9:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech fun begin! Breaks are taken at the discretion of each instructor. Younger students will take more frequent breaks.
12pm: Lunch time—head to the dining hall if you’re on the iD Meal Plan. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own bag lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the crew, or laze under a shady tree outside with an iD instructor.
1pm: Back to the labs!
2:30pm: A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Gaming tournaments? Board games? Optional sports? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.
3:30pm: Return to the labs. Let’s create!
5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.
5pm-6pm: Pick-up time for Day Campers.
6pm: Dinner for Overnight Campers.
7pm: Overnight Camp students participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, gaming tournaments, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.
10pm: Lights out for Overnight Campers.
Where Is This Course Offered?
California - Northern
California - Southern
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Robotics Engineering Camp Reviews & Testimonials
"Staff were exceptional, specifically making sure each member was feeling at home. Great positive environment."- Ana S., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"This is my son's second year with iD Tech Camps and we will definitely be returning for probably 2 courses next year. I love the academic environment and my son comes home excited and full of ideas and knowledge. Thank you."- Alexandra T., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"Great program! Our camper had a great time and is more independent when interacting with computers."- David S., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"Truly appreciated the personalized diploma and comments at the Family Showcase. The instructor really put thought into her remarks to make each kid feel special and unique. A great end to a great week! Also loved being able to see the pictures of campers online!"- Lisa G., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"My son really enjoyed the experience and learned so much about robotics in a week! Great job organizing!"- Preeti G., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"I really enjoyed this experience because it broadened my programming and building expertise and I really enjoyed the process."- Hayden C., Student, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"iD Tech Camps was great! We were constantly learning new things and were a very productive class altogether. The staff always had fun games and activities for us every day. I really felt at home here. Our director was very chill and helpful toward us. There were also a lot of stories, jokes, and goofing around with everyone. At iD Tech Camps, we're a great big family!"- Jason S., Student, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"I had a lot of fun, and learned how to program a robot. I want to come back next year!"- Isabelle E., Student, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"I loved building and working with my group. Since I did it last year I was very pleased by the fact that I was still able to learn something new."- Wallace T., Student, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX
"iD Tech Camps was a great experience. The faculty and staff knew the material that they taught well, and were always willing to help. I had a great time, and learned a lot!!!!!!!"- Mateen T., Student, Robotics Engineering & Programming with VEX