Become a Robot Master at an Arkansas Robotics Camp

Teenage brother and sister, with other group of students, working on some robot project at electronic course. Working table full of different oscilloscopes and equpment needed for recording electrical circuits. Instructor helping children with project
 

by Chris Price

With the popularity of STEM-based education, several organizations are offering supplemental camps to help young people learn and master their skills. One of the most popular experiences is robotics camps, where participants learn about, design and build their own robots. In Arkansas, there are several camps available to help young engineers take their first steps into an exciting and growing technological industry.

Experience Robotics

Bentonville

Experience Robotics offers one-week day camps for rising 3rd through 8th graders. Campers, in groups of no more than three, design, build, and program a remote controlled robot to carry out pre-designed missions and compete against other camp teams.

For more information, log on to www.experiencerobotics.comor contact Kelly Parker by e-mail at experiencerobotics@gmail.comor by phone at (479) 531-0004.

University of Arkansas Robotics Engineering Camp

Fayetteville

Incoming 4th through 7th grade students get to design, build, program and test their very own LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots at this week long camp. Students work individually in order to gain experience in all aspects of robotics engineering, as well as stimulate their creative problem solving strategies in order to achieve success.

For more information, log on to www.engineering-camps.uark.eduor contact Eric Specking by e-mail at especki@uark.eduor by phone at (479) 575-7780.

University of Arkansas Robotics Engineering Camp II

Fayetteville

The second robotics engineering program seeks to grow and improve the skills of students who have already cultivated a passion and introductory experience. Students will spend the week working in pairs to design, build, program, and test LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots.

For more information, log on to www.engineering-camps.uark.eduor contact Eric Specking by e-mail at especki@uark.eduor by phone at (479) 575-7780.

University of Arkansas Robotics Engineering for Adult Mentors and Teachers Camp

Fayetteville

This week long, full day program is designed specifically for adults interested in teaching robotics or coaching robotics teams. Attendees will spend the week designing, building, programming and testing LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots. Camp materials will be designed for easy transition to the classroom. No prior experience with robotics is required.

For more information, log on to www.engineering-camps.uark.eduor contact Eric Specking by e-mail at especki@uark.eduor by phone at (479) 575-7780.

UALR VEX IQ – BEGINNER

Little Rock

The VEX IQ – BEGINNER camp is open to all rising 3rdthrough 6th grade students and is centered on the robotics kit used by many schools in Arkansas. The camp focus on introducing students to VEX IQ robotics components, programming methods, and construction techniques. To ensure effective student-to-instructor ratios, the half-day camp will be limited to 20 students each. Cost is $175.

For more information, log on to www.ualr.edu/stemcenter/vex-iq-campor contact Sandra Leiterman at saleiterman@ualr.eduor by phone at (501) 569-8149.

UALR GIRL Powered VEX EDR

Little Rock

In an effort to encourage more middle school/high school girls into robotics, UALR offers a girls-only session to encourage new experiences, a diverse culture, and a more encompassing definition of what a roboticist looks like. The camp is open to girls going into 6th through 12th grade.

For more information, log on to www.ualr.edu/stemcenter/vex-iq-campor contact Sandra Leiterman at saleiterman@ualr.eduor by phone at (501) 569-8149.

UALR VEX EDR

Little Rock

Robitics enthusiasts get hands-on experience using the VEX Robotics Design System. They will build and wire a robot and then compete in user-piloted challenges and obstacle courses as well as autonomous robot challenges requiring programming using the ROBOTC software. This camp is open to rising 6ththrough 12th graders.

For more information, log on to www.ualr.edu/stemcenter/vex-iq-campor contact Sandra Leiterman at saleiterman@ualr.eduor by phone at (501) 569-8149.

UALR VEX IQ Advanced

Little Rock

For students already familiar with VEX IQ robotics kits, this camp will focus on advance building and programming strategies, including the use of sensors. Open to all rising 3rdthrough 6th grade students

For more information, log on to www.ualr.edu/stemcenter/vex-iq-campor contact Sandra Leiterman at saleiterman@ualr.eduor by phone at (501) 569-8149.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

North Little Rock

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub offers summer robotics camps for three age levels: 8-10, 11-13, and 14-16. Campers will learn how to build a robot from scratch and then how to control it with code. All camps are $150 per child, and run 8 a.m. to noon.

Episcopal Collegiate School

Little Rock

Robotics is a two-week summer camp where students will learn how to identify robotic parts and systems, design, program, and work through robot challenges and demonstrations. Students begin with basic programming concepts and challenges and move to writing programs using a text language (RobotC) to solve physical challenges and games.

Nerdies Robotics I and II

NWA

Nerdies, a division of New Design School, offers ROBOTICS and LEVEL II ROBOTICS in weekly summer sessions in Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville where participants aged 9-15 get to build, program, and take home their own robot to keep programming and customizing. Level II Robotics for experienced robotics kids looking to engage in a higher level of design. NERDIES Summer Sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm. $395.

For more information, log on to nerdies.me

Arkansas State Robotics I and II

Jonesboro

Arkansas State’s robotics camps accommodate beginner to mid-level ability level K – 12th graders. The camp will introduce students to the topic of computer science through its relation to robotics. Students learn how to construct robotic devices and then program them to carry out tasks. Cost is $150.00

For more information, log on to astate.eduand search for Summer Camp Academy

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