Sumo and Rock Climbing: Ages 7-12
Campers use the LEGO Mindstorms NXT computer-controlled robots to design and build their own Sumo Battle Bots. LEGO Mindstorms is a special set of LEGO that includes motors, gears, sensors, a robot brain, and tons of LEGO technic pieces.
In the ultimate test of the arena, robots battle in a 4 ft. diameter ring until one is pushed out. Campers are introduced to "outcomes driven" design. Through repeatedly trying their ideas in the arena they develop new strategies. Both mechanical (speed vs. power) and software (smart vs. simple) innovations are tested and refined.
Campers who have experience with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT computer controlled robots and/or campers who have taken our sumo courses before will review the basics and be introduced to some new tricks.
Taking sumo to a whole new level, they will learn how to program a sumo bot to battle using switches, logic blocks, and other programming from both the common and complete pallet.
This class is great for both beginners and returning students. Previous experience with LEGO Mindstorms programming and building is not required. Campers who have taken this course can take it, again and again, to improve their design and programming skills* in order to make the ultimate Sumo-bot.
In addition to the robotics activities, campers are trained in rock climbing safety and knot tying, before taking two afternoon field trips to Planet Rock on Tuesday and Thursday. On these days, camp is extended until 5:00pm. As with all Rocks and Robots programs, we go outside several times a day for inclusive group games and confidence building activities.
* Even many returning campers don't know about the "complete pallet" of programming icons. That little "leg" that drops down out of the bottom of the icons sometimes is not just annoying it is part of an entire set of higher level programming tools
Full day sessions: 9:00 to 3:30 (M,W,F), 9:00 to 5:00 (T,Th): Sumo and Rock Climbing
Location: New Morning School, Plymouth MI.