The Robot Garage opened in 2011 for LEGO and Robot enthusiasts of all ages. 2014 will mark our 4th year of summer camps for children entering grades 1-3, 4-5, or middle school in the fall. Camps focus on engineering and design with three different weekly themes tapping into a universal love of LEGO by creating an enormous LEGO city (Super Heroes Save Detroit, Modern Marvels, Alien Planet). Students work in age appropriate groups to build these impressive cities from scratch, learning how to build to scale, problem solve creatively, and study architecture. The city also acts as a backdrop to hands-on study of engineering and robotics as we lay a power grid under the city foundation, operate elevators in skyscrapers with robotic sensors, and install gears and motors to power the town. Each day includes both building and robotic/engineering workshops and will include programming, mechanical engineering and other STEM fundamentals. Our 4th Summer theme, Robot Academy, focuses less on LEGO architecture and more heavily on engineering and robotics.
Our summer camp staff welcomes back many favorite counselors from past years and includes electrical engineers, robotics team mentors from some of the best high school teams in the country, industrial designers, Lego designers, teaching students and young adults who just love being with kids and tapping into the creativity of each child.
Camps run weekly from Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the summer. After care and before care available from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Camps are $375 for the first registration and $325 for subsequent registrations from the same household. Campers bring a morning and afternoon snack, water bottle and lunch daily. Friends and family are invited each Friday afternoon for a presentation of the installations the campers create.
Campers work in age appropriate groups to create an entire LEGO city each week. Each city is an original design and integrates robotics and engineering to operate elevators and trains, waterwheels and other real life essentials. Families attend the big presentation each Friday.
Campers work with engineers and robotic team mentors to program and engineer their installations. Projects may include Arduino LED light displays, robotic elevators, or trains and trams that run through the town.
Programming and design/architecture workshops are fun daily for campers working in different age groups (grades 1-3 include WeDo LEGO robotics, grades 4-5 include WeDo and Mindstorms LEGO robotics, grades 6-8 include Mindstorms, Arduino, Tetrix robotics depending on project). Creative problem solving and building are a part of each week.