TACTILE BRAIN SUMMER CAMP 2016
Robotikidz is an exciting new summer course offered by Tactile Brain that introduces students to basic concepts of coding and computer science through visual programming and hands-on robotics.
For younger students, the Robotikidz curriculum combines LEGO WeDo Robotics and Scratch, a kid-friendly, beginner programming language developed at the MIT Media Lab. By learning Scratch, students acquire foundational concepts, such as loops and conditionals, which apply widely to more complex and popular programming languages like Python, Java, etc. Additionally, students will enjoy the hands-on experience building LEGO WeDo Robots for themselves!
For older, more experienced students, Robotikidz employs LEGO Mindstorms EV3, which reinforces and expands upon the foundational coding concepts found in Scratch with more elaborate robots and more challenging programming tasks based in the EV3 visual programming language. Older students will be given a brief introduction to Scratch before moving on to the more involved, more challenging LEGO Mindstorms curriculum.
A typical week for WeDo and Scratch students at Robotikidz includes two days of learning Scratch and three days of robot assembly and coding. Days 1 and 2 are dedicated to giving students the tools they need in Scratch (stacks, loops, movement, sprites, conditionals, etc.) to tackle the challenging tasks that follow in Days 3 - 5 when they will program the WeDo robots to carry out a variety of tasks.
For Mindstorms students, each day of the week involves both robot assembly and programming in order to fulfill daily "missions" involving one of the Mindstorms robots. Over the course of each week, a Mindstorms student develops a single robot through these daily missions so that, by the week's end, the student will have built and programmed a fully developed Mindstorms robot.