Middle School Student Engineering Programs


Mindstorm Robotics Program for Middle School Students

The Mindstorm Robotics Program is a camp for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This camp is an introduction to robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System. Students will work in pairs to learn the basics of building a EV3 Robot and programming using the EV3 software. Pairs will work on different tasks and challenges for a showcase at the end of the session. The participants will learn how to calculate speed and distance using the circumference of the wheels and the physics of work, power, and energy. This camp will cover information and activities required for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge.

Students who already possess a basic knowledge of EV3 building and programming are encouraged to register for our Competitive FLL Program.

 

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Introduction to Programming for Middle School Students

Introduction to Programming is a camp for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. During this camp, students will learn the basics of programming a simple device. Participants will learn simple linear programs to more complex function programming with loops and conditional statements. Students will make a number of electronic devices and program them. They will program a microprocessor (Raspberry Pi) with different sensors that they will be able to take home and experiment with further. This camp will cover information and activities required for the Boy Scout Electronics Merit Badge.

 

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Crime Scene Investigation for 6th and 7th Grade Students

The Crime Scene Investigation Summer Program is for rising middle school students in grades 6th and 7th. Students will have the opportunity to explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics behind identification and crime solving. This camp will consist of a crime scene, hands-on activities to help solve the crime, and presentations by professionals within this field. The participants will learn about fingerprints, cyber security, paper chromatography, DNA, and much more.

 

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Rocketry Program for Middle School Students

The Rocketry Program is a camp for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. Participants will learn how to design, build, and fly a model rocket they build from scratch. They will be building a variety of rockets starting with a match rocket, then a water bottle rocket, and finishing with a solid fuel model rocket. Participants will learn about the physics of rocket flight with the aid of the Kerbal Space Program, a rocket launch simulation software program. They will learn about the physics of flight, propulsion, and space science. Participants will also learn about the geometry of flight, and learn how to calculate the altitude their rockets reach. The camp will conclude with a rocket launch! This camp will cover information and activities required for the Boy Scout Space Exploration Merit Badge.

 

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Quad-Copter Program for Middle School Students

Quad-Copters are four rotor radio controlled flying vehicles, that have recently gained popularity and are poised to be used in a number of commercial applications in the near future. Amazon is preparing to deliver packages with quads. Ranchers and farmers will be using them for finding their cattle or monitoring their crops. Realtors and movie makers are using them for interesting pictures and clips. This camp is an introduction to Quad-Copters, how they work, and how they can be used. Participants will learn how to safely fly quad-copters, and maneuver them through a series of mazes. They will also be able to take home the quad copter that they use during the camp. Campers will learn about the physics of flight, and the technology behind these small but powerful tools.

 

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Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program for Middle School Students

The Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program is for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This week-long camp is an introduction to robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System (for more information on the competition please see the FIRST website. This program is intended to prepare students to successfully compete in the FIRST LEGO League Competition in the Fall 2017 season. Participants will be able to build and program a robot to do tasks on the new field, develop a sense of what it's like being on a FLL team, and provide a head start for the upcoming season. This camp will cover information and activities required for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge and Girl Scout Robotics Merit Badge.

 

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