Coding and Robotics Summer Camp

Males students building a robot

The Coding and Robotics Camp offers students who have completed Grade 6, 7 or 8 a fun, hands-on experience with a focus on math. During this program, students will learn the basics of coding, robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in a safe environment while utilizing numeracy skills in fractions, measurement and conversions.

By taking part in our summer coding and robotics program, students will develop both their digital literacy and math skills through designing, building, and programming a robot in teams. Students will be introduced to coding using a visual programming language that will allow them to program a robot to perform a number of real world tasks and challenges. These tasks and challenges will allow them to "do" math in an experiential way through programming the robot to respond to measurements from its sensors, move it's motors by various angles, respond to outside stimuli, and time movements appropriately. Students will also be exposed to a vast vocabulary of coding, computing, and robotics that they will benefit from having in their secondary and post-secondary studies while also preparing them for jobs well into the 21st century.

Through STEM challenges, students will be introduced to coding and robotics using a variety of current and popular technologies in schools (LEGO Ev3, Sphero). Students will be guided in using literacy and numeracy skills and completing hands on tasks that will emphasize critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and problem solving.

Experiential learning camps "enhance the already rich learning environments of our schools, providing students with alternative ways of engaging their learning."  Through the Experiential Learning Cycle, students will actively participate, reflect and apply their learning.  "The development of a reflective mindset gives students the ability to turn every experience into a learning experience."  Community-Connected Experiential Learning, Ministry of Education, paegs 8 & 9.

Dates for camp

Our Coding and Robotics Camp is available the following weeks: 

  • July 6 - 9, 2020
  • July 13 - 16, 2020
  • July 20 - 23, 2020

Please note that students can participate in more than one camp, but are asked to not register for the same camp for two weeks consecutively. 

Time

 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (4 days per week for each camp)

Locations

The Coding and Robotics camps will be offered at the schools listed below:

  • Oshawa Campus, 850 King St. W., Unit 26, Continuing Education
  • All Saints C.S.S., 3001 Country Lane, Whitby, ON
  • St. Mary C.S.S., 1918 Whites Road, Pickering, ON

Transportation

Parents and guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the camp. 

Sample Camp Day

A typical camp day will involve: 

9:00 a.m.        Arrival
9:05 a.m.        Introduction and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity
10:30 a.m.     Coding and robotics (build and program)
11:30 a.m.      Lunch
1:00 p.m.       Coding and robotics (cont'd)
2:00 p.m.       Physical activity
2:30 p.m.       Depart for home

Questions and answers

Do students need any special knowledge or skills?
No. Students will gain the knowledge and develop and apply the skills during the program. 

Will allergies and food sensitivities be taken into consideration?
Yes. All parents must make the teacher aware of any allergies or food sensitivities. 

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Students need to bring a lunch and their enthusiasm and imagination.

Cost and Registration

There is no cost for this program.  Click here to download registration form.  Form can be faxed, emailed or returned in person to Ajax Campus.

Please note that camp enrolment will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited.  Students will be put on a wait list and notified if the camp is full. 

DCDSB students click here for registration form - Registration forms will be available March 23, 2020

NON DCDSB students click here for registration form

Go to www.con-ed.ca for information about summer programs.

 

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