Experience Level: Beginners/Advanced. Students are grouped according to age/experience, and instructors tailor activities to individual needs/aptitudes.
Rapid Prototyping = Rapid Innovation
In our 5-day Morning camp, students learn to bring their ideas to life. We teach 'rapid prototyping', a technique that involves quickly building prototypes of invention ideas using cardboard, Legos or 3D printers. After brainstorming and identifying a solution, students 'rapidly prototype' by building demos of their ideas and then testing them. Students can then 'iterate' by looking at the test results, redesigning their prototypes, and testing some more. 'Rapid prototyping' and 'iteration' are two of the essential principles of modern entrepreneurship. Your kids will be well ahead of the curve!
Learn from Invention Competition Champions
Our teachers (and graduates) have won International Invention Competitions including Global Innovation Awards, ExploraVision, and FIRST Lego League. In fact, a new team of Robot Academy graduates are competing next week in the Global Innovation Awards as one of the 20 teams in the world.
In today's economy, it's not enough to just have good ideas. Kids needs to be able to articulate their ideas intelligently and demonstrate that their inventions are viable. We teach students how to create and deliver an 'elevator pitch' (a super-short summary/explanation of their idea). We put our students to the test by having them present their ideas to a panel of experts (just like on the Shark Tank TV show). This is one of our highlights! Kids enjoy presenting killer pitches to the judges and reaping the rewards (we give the students a lot of tips and talk them through their pitches in advance of the Shark Tank event to make sure they're successful).
Learn real-world engineering principles from Lego Robot world-champion builders. We won first place in the FIRST Lego League out of 10,000 teams and 39 countries for two years in a row. We retired our team and have been teaching this camp for 10 years now. This camp is the foundation for our other camps. Students solve Lego Robot challenges and win trophies! We keep track of individual hands-on activities and present students with trophies based on accomplishments and interests. One of our keys to success is our 'Robot Geniuses' which are instructors that won Lego Robot Competitions and help the students with their hands on activities to ensure success of all students. Parents and guardians are invited to an award ceremony at the end of the camp to celebrate students winning trophies based on accomplishments and interests.
Students will also be given an overview of Lego EV3 programming.