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Fox Valley Robotics runs summer workshops for 8th-12th graders interested in learning more about robotics.
 
Registration will open April 2018
 
Please note that the Summer Metal Workshop requires at least 8 students to be held. Registered participants will be notified one week prior to the workshop if the program will run or not.

Summer Metal Workshop

 
Who can attend?
Any 8th-12th graders as of the upcoming September
Dates for 2017
July 29-30
Workshop is held on a single weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-5:30pm
Location Alice Gustafson Elementary School in Batavia
Cost $150
Registration Deadline
Saturday, July 22
Session Cap
20 student maximum
Session Minimum
8 student minimum
Registered participants will be notified one week prior to the workshop if the program will run or not.
What is included?
Use of FVR materials (robot kit, computers, accessories), snack and drinks
 
 
FVR recommends read the FAQ below before registering.

FAQ

 
For questions not answered in the FAQ, please email info@foxvalleyrobotics.com
 
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Participants
Participants
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Who can attend?
Who can attend?
Any student entering grade 8th-12th in September.
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My child is entering 7th grade this fall...
My child is entering 7th grade this fall...
The Summer Metal Workshop is designed for 8th-12th graders. The Summer LEGO Workshops are designed for 4th-8th graders and a better fit for students entering 7th grade.
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My child is entering 8th grade this fall...
My child is entering 9th grade this fall...
It is up to you and your child to determine which program is better suited: Summer LEGO workshop or Summer Metal Workshop.
 
Contact FVR for questions.
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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.
 
The Summer Metal Workshop is used to introduce students to building and programming metal robots used in the FTC and VEX competitions. Day 1 material is the same from year to year while day 2 material can change based on the progress the students make the day before and what field is set up for their use.
 
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?
Only one Metal Workshop session is offered but a student in 8th grade is welcome to attend both a Metal Workshop and a LEGO Robotics Workshop to see which program would be a better fit for them if they intend to compete during the school year.
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Curriculum
Curriculum
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What is covered during the workshop?
What is covered during the workshop?
Students learn the basics of building and programming during the two day workshop. Teams build a robot from instructions then go through basic robot programming and driver control.
 
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.
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What is provided?
What is provided?
During the workshop, mini-teams use FVR equipment:
  • Tetrix Robotics System
  • Computer
  • LEGO parts
All of the above are left with FVR overnight and after the workshop. Participation in the workshop does not include getting to take a home a robot kit.
 
If you would like to purchase a robot kit, FVR staff can refer you to the proper website to buy the equipment.
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Why can't my child take home or keep the robot?
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 a robot kit, FVR staff can refer you to the proper 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.