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Fox Valley Robotics runs summer workshops for 4th-8th graders interested in learning more about robotics.

Registration will open April 2019

The workshop days are designed for independent problem-based learning. There are many skills for beginners to learn. A few are building a versatile robot from build instructions, moving and turning the robot, line following, and use of a color sensor. Understanding the basic building blocks then allows students to explore programming switches, building push attachments, troubleshooting equipment and programs, and more.

The workshops are repeatable during the summer as a student pursues topics of interest at their level. Since a robot is integral to the day, there are several robot designs to select from and build. These robots are compact, robust, and allow for the addition of sensors and attachments as the need arises.

The workshops are repeatable from summer to summer as we cycle through three different mission fields for the robots. A 4th grader learning on one field will approach it differently as a 7th grader.

Summer LEGO Robotics Workshops

 
Who can attend?
Any 4th-8th graders as of the upcoming September

 Dates for 2018
 Session 1L  July 14
Saturday 12:30 - 5:30 pm
 Session 2L  July 15
Sunday 12:30 - 5:30 pm
 Session 3L  July 21
Saturday 12:30 - 5:30 pm
 

Location Alice Gustafson Elementary School in Batavia
Cost $75
Registration Deadline
Thursday before the start of the weekend 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 upcoming 8th grade students: the LEGO Robotics Workshop and 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 year after year. If they love it, why not? The basic format is to build their robot, open the program, then begin to learn new skills.
 
Learning is built upon in subsequent years. There are several robot designs to choose from, and 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?
Yes. With independent problem-based learning, we'll assist the student to identify what to tackle next and they'll proceed to learn new skills.

A basic requirement to the session is having a robot to program and build onto. Everyone begins with building a robot from several different designs except for those that enroll in Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. These students have the choice to use Saturday's robot both days or to dismantle with everyone else on Saturday and build a different robot on Sunday.
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Curriculum
Curriculum
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What is covered during the workshop?
What is covered during the workshop?
FVR summer programs use the EV3 robotics platform. Students in groups of two choose a robot design to build from instructions.
Programming skills to learn may include:
  • Moving
  • Turning
  • Loops
  • Switches
  • Sensors (color, touch, ultrasonic, gyro)
  • Wait blocks
Activities associated with the skill will involve programming the robot to complete a robot task for the first part of the workshop. Later in the afternoon, the summer field is brought out and explained. Teams then work to solve the missions on the summer field according to the skills they are learning.

Workshop material offered may change between summers.
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Who determines what is covered?
Who determines what is covered?
FVR staff help the students determine what is reasonable to pursue at their skill level and in what order to proceed.
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How long are students expected to work?
How long are students expected to work?
Students are expected to alternate between work time at the computer and field time with a moving robot.
 
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 the day are welcome to go to the LEGO table and play for a short 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 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 where the equipment is sold.
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How do the students learn?
How do the students learn?
The workshop provides opportunities for independent problem-based learning for groups of two.

Making a robot complete a task requires a combination of several components: build, program, and run the robot. We have identified all sorts of robot tasks, developed teaching modules, and identified modules for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. An example to develop programming skills is "Make a square program by repeating code; now make a square program using a loop command."

FVR staff will guide the small groups to select tasks in their experience level. The modules take between 30 to 75 minutes to complete.
 
Students are expected to work together to accomplish the robot tasks they have chosen to work on.

Students are expected to ask questions so FVR staff know when to provide additional guidance.