Camps & Programs
2014 summer pre-engineering day camps
The UI Pre-Engineering Summer Day Camps strives to develop and enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, and foster students’ curiosity about science and technology through fun-filled engineering projects. Students are encouraged to use what they know about science, math and engineering to explore this new challenge. It is a hands-on, project-based program designed to engage and inspire youth in the areas of math, engineering, science and technology. The University of Iowa, College of Engineering will be offering three pre-engineering summer day camps: Lego Learners (grades 4-6), Lego Robotics (grades 4-6), and Tetrixs Robotics (grades 7-9).
- LEGO LearneRs (GRADES 1-3)
Campers will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO system. With access to over thousands of pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced instructor to guide them.
- Lego Robotics (grades 4-6)
Campers will design, build and program autonomous robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kits. Participants will work in a team environment to create a robot to complete various missions. Using an EV3 brick, servo motors, and various sensors, the robots will move on wheels or treads. Besides having fun, participants will learn problem solving, communication and team work skills. As well as learning functional programming, principles of simple machines, gearing and mechanics.
- tetrix ROBOTICS (GRADES 7-9)
Campers will design and build a robot working in pairs using Tetrix Robotics Technology, remote controlled robots. Students will delve into authentic scientific research and a hands-on robotic design. A robotic challenge at the end of the week will put their skills to the test. Instruction will include basic engineering skills and how input/output devices can be used to affect the behavior of their very own robots.