“Mayan Adventure” Robotics Summer Camp, August 22–26, 2016*

Would you like to learn to work with robots this summer?

The Mayan Adventure camp is a one week day camp to learn about building and programming LEGO MINDSTORM robots. The leaders will be local robotics team, 3491 FIX IT—a group of high-school students enthusiastic about robotics.
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What you will do

The teams will be working to design, build and program a robot to compete in daily challenges. Working in a small group of 3-4 people, you will be having lots of fun this summer. The daily challenges will revolve around a robot helping to explore a Mayan Temple. At lunchtimes, we will all be walking to Oakland School Playground for lunch & supervised play. By the end of the week, everyone will have built, programmed and tested several robots, with a folder to show their work!
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Who - When - Where - Cost - Skill Level

  • Who: Kids interested in robots, aged 9–14 years old
  • When: August 22–26,* 9am – 4pm
  • Where: 2815 Cedar Hill Road (Good Shepherd Church)
  • Cost: $200
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced!
  • Registration Deadline: August 15, 2016
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Reserve quickly to avoid disappointment!

We only have space for 20 campers this year. Around ten have already signed up If parents are interested, we invite them to come watch the matches from 3–4 o’clock.
To register, fill out the Registration Form. If there are no more places, we’ll let you know.
Questions: ‘Phone 778 350 7259, or email: info@ftcvictoria.org.
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Your teacher team

Your experienced camp leaders are members of 3491-FIX-IT—a FIRST® Tech Challenge team that competes nationally and internationally! They will teach beginners from the ground up, or challenge the skill levels of our more advanced campers. FIRST LEGO League teams are free to register individually or as a team.
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Camp Rules

We believe it is important that everyone has the best time possible while at camp.
These rules are designed to ensure the safety, protection and comfort of all campers. It's a good idea to go over these rules with your child before he/she comes to camp, to make sure he/she knows and understands what is expected.
Failure to adhere to these rules will result in consequences and resolution involving the
camper, parents and camp Leaders.

- Duncan, Alec, Helen, Guy, and Aila

  1. Campers are required not to bring any electronic equipment (iPod, smartphone, Nintendo DS, etc.), or knives, toy guns, or lighters to camp—since these items are not inclusive to everyone in our camp community, and will distract from working with robots and as part of a team. If your child must bring a cellphone, it must be turned off and remain in their backpack at all times.
  2. Parents are welcome to stay and observe the camp activities. It is fun to arrive around 3pm and watch the scoring rounds for the robot.
  3. For your child's safety she/he must not leave the property.

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)

(Click on a question to see its answer)
  • Do I need to bring my own robot kit?[+]
    No – we provide all materials.
  • Do I get to take a robot home?[+]
    No, sorry! But everyone gets a binder with pictures and details about their robots.
  • Does everyone get to build something by themselves?[+]
    No. Campers are grouped into teams; each team builds and programs one robot per day. The camp facilitators will ensure that every team member gets a chance to do both building and programming.
  • I'd rather work by myself. Do I have to be on a team?[+]
    We believe that teamwork is really important. Even though it can sometimes be difficult to get along and work as a group, it is a great skill to have, and teams can usually accomplish much more than individuals.
  • Can I choose which team I am on?[+]
    Only to some extent. We form the teams according to age and experience, but we will take your preferences into account.
  • I have an NXT kit – will this camp help me?[+]
    Yes. For the camp we use both NXT and EV3 kits, and we use the EV3 software for both. Even if you prefer the NXT-G language over EV3 you will find that both languages are quite similar, and switching from one to the other is fairly easy.
  • Will we use EV3 or NXT-G as a programming language?[+]
    We will use EV3.
  • I don't want to program – can I just build?[+]
    Building and programming go together. A well-built robot still can't accomplish any tasks without programming. Everyone needs to know the basics of both.
  • I just want to learn to program – can I leave the building to someone else?[+]
    Building and programming go together. A well-built robot is much easier to program and will perform better. Everyone needs to know the basics of both.
  • Can I bring my own Lego along?[+]
    Please don't bring any of your own Lego. It might get mixed in with ours and be lost to you.
  • Is it ok if I bring a Lego model to show to others?[+]
    Possibly – but you will be building new robots for specific tasks, and whatever model you have may not be suitable for that task.
  • I don't want to take a break at lunch. Can I just keep working?[+]
    We believe everybody needs to take a break. You will likely work much better after taking your mind off robots for a while.
  • What does a typical day at camp look like?[+]
    This camp follows a story about the exploration of a Mayan tomb. Every day a new part is being discovered, and a new robot challenge emerges.
    We start out by reading the next part of the story and looking at the part of the tomb to be explored; then we all brainstorm for ideas of how to solve the robot challenge. The camp facilitators offer a short tutorial on robot building; after that the teams start building their robots. After lunch we offer a short programming tutorial, and the teams start programming and testing their robots. At the end of the day all robots do the challenge; parents are encouraged to come and watch. Lastly, we continue the story, and all robots get taken apart, so that everyone is ready for the next day.
  • What do we do for lunch?[+]
    As a group, we'll walk to the Oaklands School playground to have lunch and some “outside” time.
  • Can I bring my cell phone?[+]
    Yes, but it needs to be in your bag and switched off during camp. In an emergency you can be contacted at 250 507 1623
  • Is there an emergency contact number during the camp?[+]
    Yes. The number is 250 507 1623.
  • In EV3 I don't have a programming block for the NXT light sensor. What do I do?[+]
    We'll show you how to make an EV3 “MyBlock” for the NXT light sensor.
  • In EV3 I don't have a programming block for the NXT ultrasonic sensor. What do I do?
    We'll show you how to make an EV3 “MyBlock” for the NXT light sensor.