Robotics: Lego Mindstorms EV3

Grade 3-5: This course is designed for boys and girls with no robotics experience. The camp will use Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots to give the first introduction to robotics. Campers will work with structurally-sound building techniques, different types of sensors and motors, and basic robotics programming using the EV3 software.

Grade 6-8: This course is designed for boys and girls with some robotics experience. The camp will reinforce basic engineering skills with a strong emphasis on programming. Campers will be learning from the basic programming constructs. Campers will build advanced robots with custom programs using the EV3 software.

Course ID: ENG101, ENG201, ENG-C

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Complexity: Simple to Complex

Topics Covered (Grade 3-5)

  • Gear trains
  • Servo motors
  • Touch sensors
  • Ultrasonic sensors
  • Light sensors
  • Sound sensors
  • Design Planning & Reviews
  • Design Tradeoffs
  • Prototyping
  • Programming from the Brick
  • Intro to Mindstorms EV3 Software

Topics Covered (Grade 6-8)

  • Design planning
  • Design reviews
  • Design tradeoffs
  • Prototyping
  • Loops
  • Conditional statements
  • Controlling input/output: sensors and motors (event handling)
  • Variables
  • Parameters
  • Software Planning and Debugging

Camper’s Portfolio (Grade 3-5)

  • Understanding of how different components work
  • How to build structurally sound robots
  • Ability to program robots
  • Documentation
  • Inspired Future Work

Camper’s Portfolio (Grade 6-8)

  • Advanced robotics programming
  • Advanced robotics design and development
  • Documentation
  • Inspired Future Work