Camper Goals

Camper Goals 2018-01-22T17:25:55+00:00

We seek to generate high excitement, inspiration, and a desire to learn in each camper.

How do we do it?

Excitement, Inspiration & Desire to Learn

  • Campers utilize several different software and hardware systems including LEGO® robotics, iPads, scratch, gaming, and video editing software.
  • Campers experience an immersive camp themes such as Star Bot Wars, Space Explorers, Wizarding World of Fun Bot, and Super Heroes.
  • Campers recall, combine, and deploy the skills that they have learned towards creating a creative solution to an engaging challenge connected to their week’s theme.
  • Campers play remote-controlled robotic games in our game lab purely for fun.
  • Campers engage in engaging outdoor games with a variety of fun and safe equipment.

We provide a safe space for learning, exploration, and growth where the values of persistence, problem-solving, cooperation, respect, and teamwork are nurtured and rewarded.

How do we do it?

Learning, Exploration, Growth through Persistence, Problem-solving, Cooperation, Respect & Teamwork

  • Staff emphasizes that Fun Bot Lab safe space for learning, growing and exploration. Mistakes will be re-framed as learning what not to do. Staff models and emphasizes the expectation that programming is a process of trial and error by modeling the process of coding the robot (and perhaps leaving something out), testing it, modifying it and then testing it again.
  • Every camper is encouraged to ask questions and try new things, and experience that nobody gets the right answer on the first try.
  • Every camper learns how to repair their robots if and when they experience minor damage.
  • In the filming of Stop Motion movies, campers slow down and work persistently to complete each scene. They see their creations come to life as a reward for their patience and persistence.
  • Campers work in teams to make LEGO® Stop Motion movies.
  • Campers engage in friendly competitions with an emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship.
  • At the beginning of each session, campers discuss as a group the importance of respecting each other, and respecting the technology and all camp equipment.

We seek to teach kids to think algorithmically, think using key insights and concepts, and think through problems and solutions.

How do we do it?

Think Algorithmically, Use Key Insights & Think Through Problems

  • Every camper experiences a 1:1 camper-to-robot ratio with their own computer station to learn programming skills.
  • Campers learns a series of programming skills that each build on one another, beginning with simple movement and advancing throughout the session.
  • Campers test their programs on their robots, rather than being given an answer. Campers are asked why they think their programs produced each result, and then are encouraged to try again.
  • Every camper reads back programs they have written on the computer, to enforce the understanding of the programming skills.
  • Staff use pseudocode to walk campers through the robot’s motions and actions. This models simple and accessible modes of algorithmic thinking.
  • Staff highlights and emphasizes key, grade-appropriate concepts in which their skills draw upon in each lab. This enables the camper to make connections between an instance and a formula, and its connection to their academic learning.

We seek to unleash imagination & creativity.

How do we do it?

Imagination & Creativity

  • Every camper, individually or in pairs, executes an artistic vision by creating a storyboard for a full stop-motion movie, building the set, shooting the frames, editing the film, and showing it to the campers at our Open House and/or online via our YouTube channel.
  • Every camper decides how they will attempt to use their learned skill set to meet the final camp robotics challenge.
  • Camp activities are framed by an immersive theme, and campers will be encouraged to develop their own camp persona (a Jedi name, a Superhero alter-ego, etc.)
  • Campers in the building lab modify their basic builds to meet the needs of challenges.