Robotics Summer Camp: Getting Kids Excited about STEM

Learning math or science is not typically at the top of kids’ wish lists of how they want to spend their summer vacation. Yet, there is a growing trend in engaging school-aged children in technology learning that helps stimulate interest in these subjects. At Robotics Summer Camp, offered at Hofstra Summer Camp, boys and girls, entering grades 2-9, build and program real working robots while learning fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Unlike traditional summer school instruction that nearly every child dreads, Robotics Summer Camp is fun and builds excitement in STEM. By shifting from classroom work to hands-on projects, kids gain new interests that can lead to greater success in high school and even inspire future careers in technology.

Explaining Abstract Concepts
More than nearly any other learning tool, robotics offers visual learning of math and engineering concepts. Campers can use equations and graphs to bring their robots to life. For example, quadratic functions can be applied to design a quadcopter robot. Through this project-based  learning, complex concepts become much easier to understand and apply.

Hands-On Learning
Summer is the time for kids to get away from the desk and into hands-on activities. In Robotics Summer Camp at Hofstra University, campers enjoy constructing robots using the fundamentals of structure, motion, sensors, programming, manipulation and more. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kits, Sphero Robotics kits and LabVIEW robotics software, campers can build a personalized robotics portfolio by completing three robotics courses over the summer.

Problem Solving
A vital part of building a working robot is solving problems. This process is used by working engineers and begins with understanding capabilities and limitations, identifying problems and developing solutions.  Through the study of robotics, campers work in small teams of two to four to better understand the fundamentals of computer programming and strengthen interests in technology, engineering math and more.

Group Participation
Robots are constructed in groups to promote cooperation, communication and team building. Together, campers program robots to move, spin, throw, react, compete and more. By working together in challenges, including races and obstacle courses, each camper will gain valuable collaboration skills, as well as the fundamentals of robot engineering.

Robotics Summer Camp not only teaches kids valuable content-specific skills, it gives them the opportunity to think for themselves and gain confidence in their own abilities. If you want to jumpstart your child’s interest in STEM, register now for one, two or all three of these highly popular summer camps, all offered on the beautiful Hofstra University campus.

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