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 2019 BadgerBOTS Summer Camp 

2019 Summer Camp Registration Now OPEN 

BadgerBOTS offers half-day camps for kids entering 4th-8th grade in the 2019-20 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 Group and stay at BadgerBOTS all day.

This summer BadgerBOTS will have THIRTEEN different camp topics – with 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.

 

Summer Camps for 4th – 8th grade

These camps are for kids who will be in 4th-8th grade next fall.

All camps are $275 for a week long, half-day session.

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).

 

LEGO Robotics and Programming  – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
Discover robotics design and programming as you build a LEGO robot and program it to complete challenging tasks. We will learn about measuring and accuracy, step-by-step programming strategies, and how to use sensors with the robot. Each programming and building lesson is paired with different Robot Challenge Fields. Partners must use what they have learned to create a robot to earn as many challenge points as possible within the time limit.
This summer’s LEGO Robotics Camp theme is intergalactic! Earth has been contacted by an alien civilization, and they are on their way to earth. Can you and your robot team solve space puzzles and help to make peace between earthlings and aliens?
Big Ideas: Teamwork – Long-Term Project – Engineering Design Process – Challenge Based Learning
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

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LEGO Robot Builder – $275/session – Openings in ALL Sessions
Did you know that the LEGO EV3 Robotics kit comes with over 1,300 LEGO parts? 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 engineering challenges that will test creativity and experimentation in LEGO building.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Engineering Design Process – Puzzle and Problem Solving
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer Camp Individual Topic Slides (5)

WaterBotics – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
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.
Big Ideas: Teamwork – Long-Term Project – Engineering Design Process – Challenge Based Learning
Campers should have some previous experience with LEGO Mindstorms for this camp.

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Scratch Game Design and Development – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
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 over thirty five 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!
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Game Design – Digital Art – Digital Citizenship
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

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Minecraft Modding – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
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, and methods all while we creating mini games like battle arenas and Lucky Blocks.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Game Design – Digital Citizenship
Minecraft Modding is suitable for all levels of experience.
Please Note: This camp will have some updates from 2018, but some projects will be similar for 2019.

Roblox Game Design in Lua – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
Many who play Roblox games soon want to create and publish their own game ideas. Learn how to get started in Roblox Camp. Students will learn the basics of programming in Lua by creating versions of popular Roblox games. We will then test out our code by playing together in our Roblox classroom. Finally, we will learn about game publishing and how to keep our online games safe and fun for everyone!
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Game Design – Digital Art – Digital Citizenship
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer Camp Individual Topic Slides (2)

App Inventor – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
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.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Game Design – Digital Art – Digital Citizenship
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience, but some familiarity with drag-and-drop coding is helpful.

Summer Camp Individual Topic Slides (4)

Tinkercad 3D Printing – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
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.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Digital Art – Engineering Design Process – Digital Citizenship
This class is for all levels of experience, but students should be comfortable using a computer mouse with precision.

Microbit Makerspace – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
The microbit is a teeny tiny computer you can easily program and use to create projects. In this camp, we will will learn to program, use inputs (Buttons, GPS, Shake, Sound, resistance, light), and outputs (LED, display, motor control, sound) to make projects like: wearable tech, robotic pets, high-tech board games, and custom game controllers.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Engineering Design Process – Digital Art
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Stay for Lunch Group – $50 per week. 
Want a full-day camp option? Sign up for a morning and afternoon camp and stay at BadgerBOTS to each lunch, explore different STEM activities and craft projects, play outdoors, or just have some down-time to recharge.
Campers will need to bring their own packed lunch.

What are Big Ideas? Choosing a camp or class topic can sometimes be tricky. Use the BadgerBOTS Big Idea tags to learn about the main structure and learning themes of a topic. Choose your class based on the Big Ideas which seem most interesting to your students, or ones to help them gain experience and build skills. Read More Here.

4th – 8th Grade Camps Schedule

Middleton BadgerBOTS Location

 

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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 for a week long, half-day session.

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).

Summer Camp Individual Topic Slides (7)

Junior LEGO Robotics – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
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.
Big Ideas: Teamwork – Long-Term Project – Engineering Design Process – Challenge Based Learning
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer Camp Individual Topic Slides (6)

Scratch Junior – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
During the week, we will explore how to use coding 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.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Game Design – Digital Art
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer Camp Individual Topic Slides (8)

LEGO WeDo – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
This is a camp for LEGO building fanatics. Campers will work with a partner and use the 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. At the end of the week, campers will use what they have learned to make their own LEGO creation using the WeDo to add motion, sound, and sensors.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Engineering Design Process – Puzzle and Problem Solving
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Coding with Cozmo – $275/session – Openings in ALL sessions
Cozmo is a little robot with a big personality. We will use the Cozmo Code Lab programming language to teach Cozmo tricks, play games, move and dance, speak and change facial expressions. Learn to program Cozmo’s sensors and camera, lights, lift-arm, and sounds to create Cozmo’s “personality” and interact with other students and robots in the classroom.
Big Ideas: Independent Work – Multiple Projects – Puzzle and Problem Solving – Challenge Based Learning
This camp is suitable for all levels of experience.

Stay for Lunch Group – $50 per week. 
Want a full-day camp option? Sign up for a morning and afternoon camp and stay at BadgerBOTS to each lunch, explore different STEM activities and craft projects, play outdoors, or just have some down-time to recharge.
Campers will need to bring their own packed lunch.
 
What are Big Ideas? Choosing a camp or class topic can sometimes be tricky. Use the BadgerBOTS Big Idea tags to learn about the main structure and learning themes of a topic. Choose your class based on the Big Ideas which seem most interesting to your students, or ones to help them gain experience and build skills. Read More Here.

2nd – 3rd Grade Camps Schedule

Middleton BadgerBOTS Location

 

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Online Registration and Your Account 

To Register, create an account for your family, complete the online forms, and select your camp sessions.

Please Note: If you come across any issues or have questions, please contact us for help. You can send an email, or call (608) 831-6479. The best time to call is during weeknights.

Registration System FAQ

Scholarships

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.

  1. Create an account in our registration system and log in
  2. Complete the online forms, including that you wish to apply for a scholarship and the amount
  3. Select the camp(s)
  4. Choose the payment plan “Apply for a Scholarship – Pay $5 to hold your spot in the class until scholarship decision finalized”
  5. Have a teacher or non-family member adult write and send a letter of recommendation to BadgerBOTS responding to the following:

How long have you known the student or family?
Please describe the student’s demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering or math. Feel free to list any other important circumstances that would be favorable in deciding on scholarship eligibility.

 

Camp Policies

Student Ages for Class or Camp

Minimum Age: Students must be at least 7 years old by the start day of a program to be permitted to attend.

Class or Camp Age Range Exceptions: BadgerBOTS Camps and Classes are organized based on student grade number (2nd grade – 5th grade, etc.). We do this so that students in each camp or class section are with peers close to their age and school experience, which in turn fosters collaboration and friendships. This type of class environment also helps students who may be out of their comfort zone feel more welcomed in a STEM learning environment. We do not make exceptions for younger students to register for the older age classes or camps, regardless of previous experience or expertise in the subject matter. We instead strive to present the class or camp topics at a level of difficulty appropriate to the students in the class, providing more advanced challenges and lessons to the students who are ready. BadgerBOTS thanks families for their understanding and acceptance of our age policy!

Wait List

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.

Missed Days

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.

Camp Payment

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. For cancellations, payments will be refunded minus a 10% 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, jtaylor@badgerbots.org or camps@badgerbots.org).

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 camps@badgerbots.org.

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