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2021 BadgerBOTS Summer Camps

For Summer 2021, BadgerBOTS is offering both In-Person and Virtual Camp options. Our In-Person camps will follow Public Health Madison & Dane County and CDC guidelines for Campers, Staff, and Visitors. Some or all of our In-Person camps will be held out of doors.

In-Person Camps
Ages 7-9

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

In-Person Camps
Ages 9-12

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Extended Day Option
All Ages

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Totally Virtual Camps
Ages 9-12

Morning and Afternoon

Summer Camps for Ages 9-12

LEGO Robotics on Mars

$475 – Ages 9-12 – In-Person Instruction – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Mars Perseverance rover has us wondering, “How do robots work on Mars?” and “How do scientists and engineers build robots for space?”. Learn to design and program your own LEGO rover robot and test it at our “BadgerBOTS Space Lab” this summer.

What to Bring: a sack lunch

Handheld Arcade Coding

$475 – Ages 9-12 – In-Person Instruction – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Learn to code your own video games and take them with you everywhere. Code and design games using a combination of JavaScript and block-based coding. Download your projects to a pocket-sized GameGo controller, then take them into the world and play with your friends.

What to Bring: a sack lunch

Micro:bit Robotics

$475 – Ages 9-12 – In-Person Instruction – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Build a different type of agile robot that can drive, raise, follow, stop, carry, and glow using a micro:bit, a super small and very versatile computer. Write a few lines of Microsoft MakeCode or JavaScript and control servo motors for driving, LED lights, and get input from several kinds of sensors.

What to Bring: a sack lunch

Extended Day – Late Pick-Up Option

$75 – Ages 7-12 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Summer camp does not have to end at 3 pm! Campers can stay at BadgerBOTS until 5 pm. Enjoy some outdoor time in our backyard, try a “screen-free” STEM experiment or craft project, and hang out with your camp friends.

3D Printing with Tinkercad

$260 – Ages 9-12 – Virtual Instruction – 8:30 to Noon or 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Use a computer to make 2D and 3D art. Design digital artifacts using Tinkercad, then learn to use and troubleshoot a 3D printer. We’ll print your favorite five designs at BadgerBOTS!

Need to have at Home: Computer OR Chromebook. Internet Connection which supports video.
Helpful to have at Home: 3-Button mouse; headset with microphone
From BadgerBOTS: We print your favorite five designs then send you a message when they are ready for pick up.

Minecraft Game Modding

$260 – Ages 9-12 – Virtual Instruction – 8:30 to Noon or 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Tweak your inventory, create games like you’ve played on servers, or customize your Minecraft experience. Build your programming skills and dip your toes into game design. Play with others, learning how to keep it fun and fair, in one of our most popular camps.

Need to have at Home: Computer with Minecraft Java Edition free Download. Internet Connection which supports video.
Helpful to have at Home: 3-Button Mouse; headset with microphone; your own Minecraft Java Edition Account.
Optional From BadgerBOTS: Borrow one of our Minecraft classroom accounts for the week.

Micro:bit Hacking @ Home

$285 – Ages 9-12 – Virtual Instruction – 8:30 to Noon or 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Program a micro:bit, a teeny, tiny device that attaches to sensors, motors, and other electronic components. Use the micro:bit and Microsoft MakeCode to hack projects like wearable technology, custom alarm systems, musical instruments, and fidget cubes. Upcycle household materials into micro:bit gadgets!

Students keep their new micro:bit 2.0Go kit.

Need to have at Home: Computer OR Chromebook. Internet Connection which supports video. Paper and plastic recyclable materials like paper towel tubes, egg cartons, cereal boxes, and paper.
Helpful to have at Home: Headset with microphone
Equipment Kit From BadgerBOTS: micro:bit kit of parts

Coding with Artificial Intelligence

$260 – Ages 9-12 – Virtual Instruction – 8:30 to Noon or 1:00 to 4:30 pm

We find artificial intelligence in almost every aspect of modern technology, from voice commands to facial recognition to recommendations for the next video to watch or an item to purchase online. Learn to program a machine learning system and add it to your coding projects and games. Create programs to recognize images, answer voice commands, and play a game against you.

Need to have at Home: computer OR Chromebook with a webcam; internet connection that can support video.
Helpful to have at Home: Headset with microphone

Summer Camps for 7-9 year olds

LEGO WeDo: Build, Code, Create

$475 – Ages 7-9 – In-Person Instruction – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This is a camp for LEGO fanatics! Experiment with building using LEGO WeDo 2.0. Learn to program by building a model that responds to sound, movement, and changes in distance. Apply what you learned to make your own LEGO creations using the WeDo interface.

What to Bring: a sack lunch

Digital Storyteller

$475 – Ages 7-9 – In-Person Instruction – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Technology is becoming more critical to the way we interact and learn. Tell your own stories with games you design and code with Scratch. Have fun with a green screen and stop-motion animation to create newscasts and mini-movies.

What to Bring: a sack lunch

Junior Computer Scientist

$475 – Ages 7-9 – In-Person Instruction – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Computers might be everywhere, but do you know how to spot one? How do computers work, and how do they connect? What does it mean to “code a computer?” Become a Junior Computer Scientist at BadgerBOTS this summer and learn to solve complex computing problems.

What to Bring: a sack lunch

Extended Day – Late Pick-Up Option

$75 – Ages 7-12 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Summer camp does not have to end at 3 pm! Campers can stay at BadgerBOTS until 5 pm. Enjoy some outdoor time in our backyard, try a “screen-free” STEM experiment or craft project, and hang out with your camp friends. 

Questions? Not sure which camp to register for?

Give us a call at (608) 831-6479 or email camps@badgerbots.org.

Online Registration and Your Account

To Register, create an account for your family, complete the online forms, select your camp sessions, and pay a deposit to secure your spot at camp.

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

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 age the day that camp begins. 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 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 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 or refund missed days for campers who cannot attend the entire camp.

Camp Payment

A minimum deposit of 20% must be paid online to register for camp 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.

Waiver and Consent and Release forms

BadgerBOTS Consent and Release Form (pdf)

Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 (pdf)

Class Transfers, Cancelations and Refunds

Please contact BadgerBOTS if you would like to switch dates or classes.

All cancelations must be received in writing (email is sufficient, jtaylor@badgerbots.org or camps@badgerbots.org).

Payments will be refunded minus the 20% class deposit for cancelations made at least 8 days before the camp begins. You may also choose to apply 100% of the amount paid towards a future BadgerBOTS program.

Any session cancelation notifications received less than 8 days before the camp start date will not be refunded.

Camps Canceled by BadgerBOTS

Camps canceled by BadgerBOTS will be fully refunded.

Purchase Protection Option

The BadgerBOTS registration system for Summer Camp 2021 (called Regpack) offers an optional Purchase Protection for your camp tuition. Purchase Protection can be used for summer camp tuition reimbursement if you need to cancel due to unexpected health reasons. This includes cancellation due to Covid-19 illness of your camper or immediate family. Please read the terms for a full explanation.

Read more about Purchase Protection here:

FAQ https://www.regpacks.com/help/purchase-protection/purchase-protection-registrant/  

Terms https://www.regpacks.com/help/purchase-protection/purchase-protection-terms/  

BadgerBOTS Tax Identification Number (EIN): 45-3598842

NEW: In-Person Afternoon Camps in August

$260 – Ages 9-12 – In-Person Instruction – 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

BadgerBOTS Afternoon camps in August will now be offered in-person. If you are looking for an “at home” camp option, our morning classes will continue with virtual instruction.