In order to help spread STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) ideals in the community, the Francis Parker HS Robotics Team is hosting a week long robotics camp for 4th through 10th grade students, August 4th through the 8th.

RoboCamp started when Francis Parker High School’s San Diego robotics team (2485) wanted to join a series of camps that were hosted in Las Vegas under Las Vegas Summer Robotics Camp (LVSRC).  LVSRC started because the coaches/advisors for Cimarron-Memorial High School’s robotics team (987) realized that there was a need for science based programs for elementary and junior high school age students in the Las Vegas/Henderson Valley.  With the camps now beginning to branch out of Las Vegas, RoboCamp was born to expand across the nation, instilling Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) amongst young students.

The camps are open to incoming 4th through 10th graders. Lower grades will be using the Lego NXT robotics platform while high graders (separated by age groups) will be using the VEX robotics platform.  At the end of each camp there is a competition amongst the groups to showcase their designs and abilities. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join us during this time. The camp uses the concept of game value and team work to make learning science and specifically engineering skills fun for all ages.

The camp director and student director design both games for the VEX and NXT platforms. By using a central game all students build a robot to meet the specifications of that game and it allows them, at the end of the camp, to present their final project to a group of parents. The camp is facilitated by adults and high school students.  The camp directors have a vast knowledge of robotics, having over forty-seven years of experience in teaching robotics combined.

By attending this camp, students will gain hands-on experience both as hardware and software engineers and compete with their robots against their peers. For more information and to register, visit www.robo.camp.