For parents still looking for a way to keep youngsters' minds occupied during the upcoming Spring Break from school, Kellogg Community College has an answer.
will host two Spring Break robotics camps for youth in grades six through nine next month, including one for girls only.
The Spring Break camps are one part of an expanding youth robotics initiative at KCC that includes Bruin Bots robotics team competitions each fall and offerings of engineering and robotics camps each summer.
Lego Destination: Mars! -- offered from 8 a.m.-noon April 7-10 -- is a hands-on camp in which students will use Lego Mindstorms kits to design and build robots that can explore a modeled Mars landscape.
Students will navigate their robot through a variety of challenges, and explore an environment typical to that on Mars. They wil compete to see which teams are successful in completing their mission.
Robotic designs useful for exploration, engineering for extreme environments, sensors for exploring new terrain and gear appropriate for assigned tasks all will be part of the camp.
In the Introduction to Lego Robotics, Girls' Spring Break camp -- offered 12:30-4:30 p.m. April 7-10 -- students will learn the basic design concepts required to create functioning robots, in this girls-only camp. They will also learn about different types of robots and where they are used in the real world.
During the last part of camp, students will be introduced to Lego Mindstorms sets. They will design and build robots that can perform certain tasks to complete challenges.
Both camps will take place at KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, 405 Hill Brady Road, Battle Creek. The cost for each camp is $125; space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register, call 269-965-4137 or send email here
Source: Simon A. Thalmann, Kellogg Community College