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Fox Valley Robotics runs summer camps for 1st-3rd graders interested in learning more about LEGO robots and building with LEGO parts.
 
Registration will open April 2018

Summer Camps

 
Who can attend?
Any 1st-3rd graders as of the upcoming September
Dates for 2017
Session 1A  LEGO eXplore
June 21-23
W-Th-F
9:00-11:30am
Session 1P
 LEGO Robotics
June 21-23 W-Th-F 1:30-4:00pm
Session 2A
 LEGO Robotics July 12-14 W-Th-F
9:00-11:30am 
Session 2P
 LEGO eXplore
July 12-14 W-Th-F
1:30-4:00pm
Location Alice Gustafson Elementary School in Batavia
Cost $110 per session
Registration Deadline
5 business days before the start of the session or when the session is full
Session Cap
30 students
What is included?
Use of FVR materials (EV3 kit, computers, accessories), snack and drinks
 
A welcome email will be sent to participants during the week preceding the event.
 
Walk-in registrations are not accepted.
 
Fox Valley Robotics offers two distinct summer program curriculum.

LEGO eXplore Camp
Sessions: 1A and 2P
Delve into the limitless world of building with LEGO bricks. The LEGO eXplore camp is structured to promote thoughtful building: there are no building instructions. Campers, both novice and the long-time builder, are challenged by daily themes and mini-challenges. WIth hundreds of pounds of LEGO parts and a team of master builders ready to encourage building to the next level, the possibilities are limitless. Join us for three adventure filled days that promise to challenge and delight your young builders. For more information regarding group formation, curriculum and much more, read the FAQ below.

LEGO Robotics Camp
Sessions: 1P and 2A
Discover the world of LEGO robotics at the Summer Robot Camp. In teams of three, campers use instructions to build a robot. Mini-challenges teach basic programming skills with motion and sensors. Campers use their new skills to program missions on our custom designed field table. For more information regarding group formation, curriculum and much more, read the FAQ below.
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 1st-3rd grade in September.
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My child is entering kindergarten this fall...
My child is entering kindergarten this fall...
The summer camps are designed for 1st-3rd graders. At this time, we do not offer programs for incoming kindergarten students.
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My child is entering 4th grade this fall...
My child is entering 4th grade this fall...
The summer camps are designed for 1st-3rd graders. FVR offers the Summer Workshops which are designed for 4th-8th grade students.
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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...
FVR Summer Camps are a great repeat activity for students. Both the eXplore build activities and the robotics field table rotate between years.
 
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?
Students are more than welcome to attend both an eXplore and a Robotics camp session during the same summer.
 
FVR does not recommend attending the same session during the same summer (eg: attending both June and July's eXplore session).
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Can my child stay all day?
Can my child stay all day?
Students attending both sessions in the same day cannot stay with the camp during the lunch break (11:30am-1:30pm).
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Can my child attend with a friend or sibling?
Can my child attend with a friend or sibling?
Of course! (see group formation below for more information)
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Curriculum
Curriculum
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What is covered during the camp?
What is covered during the workshop?
Different topics are covered in the eXplore and Robotics camps.
 
During the eXplore camps, each day has one or two build challenges. Students are welcome to build individually, with a partner or a volunteer, or as a group for the build challenges. If the student doesn't want to build to the challenge, they are welcome to have free build time. Build activities push the students to build in ways they haven't built before.
 
During the Robotics camp, days 1 and 2 are used to build a robot from instructions and teach fundamental programming tools that the students will use on the last day to program their team's robot to complete tasks on a custom field.
 
Students have the ability to learn a variety of program concepts during the Robotics camp including, but not limited to:
  • Moving
  • Turning
  • Loops
  • Switches
  • Sensors (color, touch, ultrasonic, gyro)
  • Wait blocks
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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.
 
If you have an awesome build activity you think would work well at our summer camp, let us know!
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How are groups/teams formed?
How are groups/teams formed?
FVR staff form groups/teams based on (in order of priority):
  • Requests (friends/siblings/family)
  • Grade
  • Gender
  • Previous experience
  • School
Teams in the Robotics camp are typically three students. Groups in the eXplore camp are between three and six students.
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Why can't my student work alone?
Why can't my student work alone?
One of the guiding principles of Fox Valley Robotics is to work with a team. Additionally, FVR staff have learned that campers working together are often able to solve their problems together.
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Why can't my student build their own robot in the Robotics camp?
Why can't my student build their own robot?
Building a robust, reliable robot takes practice and experience. That experience is often gained from building great robots from instructions that teach different building concepts. Building a robot from instructions during the camp allows students to start to gain the foundation of knowledge they need to become excellent robot builders.
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How long are students expected to work?
How long are students expected to work?
Campers at the eXplore camps are expected to work for however long the build activities last. That being said, the campers are building with LEGO parts. It's harder to stop them building than to keep them building.
 
Campers at the Robotics camps are expected to work in a team of three throughout the 2.5 hr session with breaks. During the session, the campers get a snack approximately half-way through which allows them to take a break. Additionally, students who need a break during work 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 camp, mini-teams use FVR equipment:
  • EV3 processor and accessories
  • Computer
  • LEGO parts
All of the above are left with FVR overnight and after the camp. 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 in the eXplore camp are put into a group the first day to do a competition-based build activity. All following activities can be done solo, with a partner, with a volunteer or with a group. Typically FVR staff allows the campers to choose how they would like to build. A team of volunteers (5th-12th grade FVR students) build alongside or with the campers.
 
Students in the Robotics camp are typically in groups of three with a Table Leader. The Table Leaders are FVR participants in 5th-12th grades. Table Leaders help their group learn while allowing them to do the work. The campers' Table Leaders are their go-to when they need help. If Table Leaders are stumped by a problem, floaters (students excelling in teaching and building/programming skills) answer questions.
 
Campers are expected to work with their team 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." Campers are also expected to share the work and participate in both building and programming exercises.