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Fox Valley Robotics runs summer workshops for 4th-8th graders interested in learning more about robotics.
 
Registration will open April 2018

Summer Workshops for Beginners

 
Who can attend?
Any 4th-8th graders as of the upcoming September
Dates for 2017
July 15 (Saturday) or July 16 (Sunday)
The workshop is one day from 12:30-5:30.
Sunday is a repeat of Saturday.
Location Alice Gustafson Elementary School in Batavia
Cost $75
Registration Deadline
Thursday before the start of the session or when the session is full
Session Cap
40 students
What is included?
Use of FVR materials (EV3 kit, computers, accessories), snack and drinks
 
A welcome email with information will be sent to registered participants in the week preceding the event.
 
FVR recommends read the FAQ below before registering.

FAQ

 
For questions not answered in the FAQ, please use the Contact Us form.
 
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Participants
Participants
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Who can attend?
Who can attend?
Any student entering grade 4th-8th in September.
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My child is entering 3rd grade this fall...
My child is entering 3rd grade this fall...
The summer workshops are designed for 4th-8th graders. Summer camps are designed for 1st-3rd graders.
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My child is entering 9th grade this fall...
My child is entering 9th grade this fall...
The summer workshops are designed for 4th-8th graders. The Summer Metal Workshops are designed for 8th-12th graders.
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My child is entering 8th grade this fall... Which program do we choose?
My child is entering 8th grade this fall... Which program do we chose?
FVR offers two options for incoming 8th grade students: the LEGO Robotics Workshop or the Metals Workshop. The LEGO Robotics Workshop is a great tool for students intending to do FLL during the upcoming school year. The Metals Workshop is designed for students who aim to be on an FTC or VEX team.
 
If you have more questions, please use the Contact Us form.
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Can my daughter or son attend?
Can my daughter or son attend?
Fox Valley Robotics is a co-ed organization. Both boys and girls are welcome in our programs as long as they meet the participation requirements for the program.
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We're not from the Fox Valley Area...
We're not from the Fox Valley Area...
Doesn't matter! Our summer programs are open to students from anywhere as long as they can attend the sessions.
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My child has done this program before...
My child has done this program before...
It's up to you whether or not to sign them up for repeat years.
 
Materials alternate years. FVR uses a rotation of three different summer competition fields to learn with. A student who uses a field during 4th grade will find that same field a different experience three years later.
 
If you have more questions, FVR staff would be more than happy to discuss the options.
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Can my child attend multiple sessions during the same summer?
Can my child attend multiple sessions during the same summer?
FVR does not recommend attending multiple sessions during the same summer. While FVR may host 2 or 3 summer workshops for beginners, all the material will be a repeat between sessions. Adjustments to the curriculum to suit repeat students will not be done.
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Curriculum
Curriculum
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What is covered during the workshop?
What is covered during the workshop?
The robotics platform and an introduction to building and programming is covered. Currently, FVR summer programs use the EV3. Students in groups of two choose a robot design to build from instructions.
Programming topics covered may include:
  • Moving
  • Turning
  • Loops
  • Switches
  • Sensors (color, touch, ultrasonic, gyro)
  • Wait blocks
Activities involve programming the robot to complete a robot game for the first part of the workshop. Once the game is complete, the summer fields are brought out and explained. Teams then work to solve the missions on the summer field in order of difficulty.
Workshop material covered may change between summers.
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Who determines what is covered?
Who determines what is covered?
FVR staff determine what to cover and in what order to cover it.
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How long are students expected to work?
How long are students expected to work?
Students are expected to alternate between discussion group-like sessions and work time.
 
Both days involve rotations of discussion and work in approximately 15-45 minute intervals depending on the topic.
 
Each day has a break time for snacks and drinks. Students can stop working or continue to work during the break; it is up to the mini-team.
 
Additionally, students who need a break during work time (not discussion time) are welcome to go to the LEGO table and play for a short amount of time. FVR staff will typically start to encourage the person or team to return to working on their robot after a couple of minutes.
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What is provided?
What is provided?
During the workshop, mini-teams use FVR equipment:
  • EV3 processor and accessories
  • Computer
  • LEGO parts
Participation in the workshop does not include getting to take a home an EV3 kit.
 
If you would like to purchase an EV3 kit, FVR staff can refer you to the LEGO website to buy the equipment.
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Why can't my child take home or keep an EV3?
Why can't my child take home or keep an EV3?
Session costs do not include keeping or borrowing materials from FVR.
 
If you would like to purchase an EV3 kit, FVR staff can refer you to the LEGO website to buy the equipment.
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How do the students learn?
How do the students learn?
Students are expected to learn through a combination of discussion-like group sessions and problem based learning in a group of two.
 
Students are expected to ask questions so FVR staff know when to expand further or re-cover a topic.
 
Students are expected to work together to accomplish the goals set by FVR staff. An example lesson would be "make a square program by repeating code; now make a square program using a loop command."