2017 Summer Camps will begin June 19th and be offered through the week of August 21st
BadgerBOTS offers half-day camps for kids entering 4th-8th grade in the 2017-18 school year and “Junior” camps for kids going into 2nd or 3rd grade. Our week-to-week schedule makes it easy to schedule a BadgerBOTS camp between travel, sports and other camps. Sign up for a morning or afternoon camp, or register for Lunch and stay at BadgerBOTS all day.
This summer BadgerBOTS will have TEN different camps – with new new topics and updates to all the camps from past summers. Try out something new or come back and improve your skills learned last summer. Camps are designed to teach and challenge at many levels of experience and familiarity with the topics.
All Summer Camps take place at the BadgerBOTS Robotics Education Center, located at 7615 Discovery Drive, Middleton WI.
Yes – we will have camp on Tuesday, July 4th
Sibling Discount – Sending more than one kid to camp? Siblings automatically get a 10% discount on all camps!
Summer Camps for 4th – 8th grade
These camps are for kids who will be in 4th-8th grade next fall.
All camps are $275.
Camp sessions are week long, half-day programs. AM sessions are from 8:30 AM – Noon. PM sessions are from 1 PM – 4:30 PM. Register for an AM session, Lunch, and a PM session for a whole day option (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM).
Campers work with partners to learn to build and program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot. Each programming and building lesson is paired with different robot challenge fields. Teams must use what they have learned to earn as many challenge points as possible within the time limit. Register with a friend as your teammate or let BadgerBOTS match you with a partner who could become a new friend. This camp is a great introduction to LEGO robotics but can also be a way to learn and refine skills useful for FIRST LEGO League in the fall.
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.
Summer 2017 Challenge Theme: Escape Room! Can you and your robot solve puzzles and complete the challenges before time runs out?
The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits contains hundreds of LEGO pieces – but what can you build with them all? In this camp, students will learn about constructing different LEGO mechanisms to make robots that drive, walk, lift, grab and more. Expect to build something new each day in this is camp with daily engineering challenges that will test creativity and experimentation in LEGO building.
LEGO Robot Builder is suitable for all levels of experience.
Sign up for Robot Swimming lessons this summer! In this camp we will turn our LEGO robot kits into submersible Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and drive them around in the BadgerBOTS Robot Pool. Campers will work in pairs to design their robot to complete daily challenges while experimenting with buoyancy, propulsion, gears and programming. The underwater-bots will be controlled by infrared remotes custom built and programmed by the students.
Campers should have some previous experience with LEGO Mindstorms for this camp.
In this camp we’ll learn to make animations and games using Scratch, a free, online programming tool designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT with sixteen million users worldwide. Participants will learn real programming concepts such as logic, variables, and loops. Campers will also work on idea sharing and giving good feedback as the class collaborates to improve games and generate new ideas!
We welcome Scratchers of any level to join this session.
Minecraft Modding will introduce how to make your own personal modifications to Minecraft using an online modding program and Java. Over the week we will use Minecraft to learn about if-statements, loops, functions, variables, parameters and programming in a 3D coordinate system while we summon creepers and get struck by lightning. After the camp is over, students will be able to continue modding on their own with a one-year license to the modding website.
Minecraft Modding is suitable for all levels of experience.
App Inventor is a fun and easy way to begin learning how to create Android apps for phones and tablets. The layout of App Inventor is very similar to Scratch, with colorful commands that “click” together, making getting started easy. App Inventor goes beyond Scratch by taking advantage of Bluetooth, GPS, phone sensors and WiFi and allows campers to start creating the apps they have always wanted to make.
This class is best for students with previous experience in Scratch or other introductory coding programs.
This camp is all about using a computer to create 2D and 3D designs and artwork. Tinkercad is a beginner CAD (computer-aided design) program which we will use to create digital objects which will then be printed on our 3D printers. Over the week, the class will work on several projects and learn not just design and print, but some 3D printing troubleshooting and design improvement.
This class is for all levels of experience, but students should be comfortable using a computer mouse with precision.
Stay for Lunch Group – $50 per week. Can’t decide on just one camp to attend? Want a full-day camp option? Sign up for a morning and afternoon camp and stay at BadgerBOTS for lunch! Each day campers will eat lunch together, go outside for games, and try some arts and crafts projects. Send campers to BadgerBOTS in the morning with a packed lunch (we will keep it in the fridge) and sunscreen for outside play.
2017 Summer Camp Schedule
4th – 8th Grade
Junior Summer Camp for 2nd and 3rd grade
Junior camps are for kids entering 2nd and 3rd grade are structured with a little shorter day and more counselors per camper to encourage hands-on investigation with younger students. The minimum age for these camps is 7 years old by the start date.
All camps are $275.
Camp sessions are week long, half-day programs. AM sessions are from 9 AM – Noon. PM sessions are from 1 PM – 4 PM. Register for an AM session, Lunch, and a PM session for a whole day option (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM).
In the Junior LEGO Robotics Summer Camp, kids going into 2nd and 3rd grade will build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot. Campers will work with a partner to construct a simple wheeled robot, learn to measure distance and turns, and use this information to create a program for their robot to move around on its own. Once we have mastered movement, campers will be able to test their robot on the LEGO Challenge Field. Register with a friend as your teammate or let BadgerBOTS match you with a partner who could become a new friend. This camp is a great introduction to LEGO robotics but can also be a way to learn skills for the FIRST LEGO League program in the fall.
Due to the popularity of Scratch Programming, the developers have created Scratch Junior for the younger kids in a format they love, touchscreen! During the week we will explore how to use technology to tell stories and make games. Participants will learn real programming concepts such as logic, variables, and loops – just like the older kids learn in Scratch camp. We will be using touchscreen chromebooks for this camp, so students can program in the way that is most comfortable for them, either with a mouse and keyboard, or touchscreen.
This is a camp for LEGO building fanatics. Campers will work with a partner and use the brand-new LEGO WeDO 2.0 to build multiple moving models a day. In this camp, students will learn about simple machines as well as programming basics while we build models that respond to sound, movement and changes in distance. This camp is a great introduction to LEGO robotics but can also be a way to learn skills useful for the FIRST LEGO League Junior program in the fall.
2017 Summer Camp Schedule
2nd – 3rd Grade
Online Registration and Your Account
To Register, create an account for your family, complete the online forms, and select your camp sessions.
Please Note: Our registration system this year is brand new! If you come across any issues or have questions, please contact us for help.
Known Issues as of 2/28/17
- Sibling Discount is incorrect. This will be manually corrected for you as soon as possible.
- Scholarship Applications – Do not complete Checkout! Your camp spaces will be held for you until a decision is made on your application.
Registration System FAQ
- How do I register?
- Which internet browser should I use to register?
- How do I reset my password?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- We accept Visa and Mastercard (Credit or Debit card) as well as eCheck
BadgerBOTS believes that all kids should have the opportunity to attend camp. Full and partial financial scholarships are available for students receiving free or reduced lunches or otherwise require assistance. We process applications on a monthly basis and will contact you regarding your status.
There will be the option to add your name to the waiting list if camp registration for a certain class is full. We will notify you as soon as possible if space becomes available.
If a camper has to miss one day or cannot attend every day of camp, BadgerBOTS staff will work to get them caught up on their projects when they return. We are unable to pro-rate camp tuition for campers who cannot attend for the entire camp.
In order to register for camp, a minimum deposit of $25 must be paid online when you sign up. There is the option to schedule automatic payments to be made at a later date. If you do not wish to make online payments please contact us to make other arrangements.
Class Transfers, Cancellations and Refunds
Please contact BadgerBOTS if you would like to switch dates or classes at least one week before. For cancellations, payments will be refunded minus a $25 administration fee if BadgerBOTS is contacted at least 8 days before the camp begins. Any session cancellation notifications received after will not be refunded. All cancellations must be received in writing in order to be refunded (email is sufficient, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Camper drop-off and pick-up
Campers can be dropped off up to 10 minutes before the start of camp. All campers must be picked up by their parent/guardian or authorized adult within 10 minutes after camp ends for the day. BadgerBOTS has a check-in and check-out system for camp.
Food and Snacks
Both morning and afternoon camps will have a break for snack provided by BadgerBOTS. If your child has dietary restrictions or you have any concerns about snack, please contact us to make arrangements. All snacks will be nut-free. Students who register to stay for lunch will need to bring a packed lunch which can be kept in the fridge.
Questions? Not sure which camp to register for?
Give us a call at (608) 831-6479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.