PRIDE Summer Camps 2017

Every year since 2005, Penn Robotics has coordinated and hosted two different robotics summer camps for elementary and middle school students. The first week, June 12-16, we inspired and collaborated with young minds in The 3D Modeling & Design camp, The Creativity Beginner camp, The Creativity Advanced camp, The Design and Architecture camp, and The Engineering & Manufacturing camp. The second week is our Build-A-Bot camp which is taking part this week June 19-23.

3D Modeling & Design

Design Camp teaches campers the basics of 3D modeling using the computer-aided design (CAD) software Autodesk Inventor. The campers are given a challenge, which they must solve by creating a 3D CAD model. They then use that technical print to create a car that can race down the track.

Creativity Beginner

The beginning creativity camp focuses on teamwork and cohesive themes throughout the week engaging the kids with their creations. It is offered for 1st through 3rd graders. The campers built structures, such as a bridge that was tested for strength, and a car that was raced at the end of the camp. Each group of students was assigned a mentor to aid in their planning, discussions, and building.

Creativity Advanced

Creativity Camp is a camp designed for 1st through 3rd graders. Advanced Creativity Camp focuses on building and testing. Each group is challenged to build a mock up, test, and optimize their designs. Mentors are designated to each  group and are focused on asking questions to help the campers integrate ideas.

Design & Architecture

Architecture and design camp is for 4th through 8th graders. Campers created a floor plan using Revit. They then made towers out of craft sticks and towers made out of spaghetti and marshmallows. The Campers learned about all the different roof types. The last day they learned about bridges and used West Point Bridge Design. After they learned the basics of bridges and what works and what doesn’t, they will build a bridge that spans 10 inches out of Popsicle sticks. They then tested these bridges with weight and to see whose bridge can hold the most.

Engineering & Manufacturing

Manufacturing Camp is a camp designed for 4th through 8th graders. Campers will be creating a trophy consisting of a welded aluminum cube placed onto a base. Each side of the cube represents a different station. Campers make this trophy throughout the week using different machines in our machine shop. At each of these stations, campers will learn about different machines used in manufacturing, how they are used, and will be able to work with a mentor on each one in order to make their trophy.

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