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Arduino: Electronics, Programming, and Designing

Who: 11-14 Year olds

Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities

When: TBD

Description: Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. It uses inputs and outputs to sense its environment and allows students to create devices that affect its surroundings. Participants will be introduced to the applications of a microcontroller including the interfacing of electronic components throughout the course. Arduino is the most popular open-source microcontroller that has a programming language built on C and C++. A lot of programming and circuitry building is involved in this program. Students must have enthusiasm for circuitry and programming.

What you will Learn: By learning Arduino, students will learn basic circuitry, along with the programming skills necessary to embed intelligence into a system. By accomplishing small interactive projects, this program will offer students a basic understanding of how electronics work and will learn to use controllers to operate LED lights, actuators, sensors, and so much more!


Arduino: Electronics, Programming, and Designing
Animation and Gaming Academy

Who: 8-10 Year olds

Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities

When: See Flyer

Description: This 1 week full day enrichment program on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York will provide young learners ages 8-10 with an opportunity to explore several aspects of gaming and computer programming, and a chance to create a variety of digital media. Participants will spend time exploring how to make animations, games, interactive art, and how to create their own cartoon characters, as well as animate photographs. The computer software used is an iconic-based program called SCRATCH that was developed at MIT to teach young children coding technique in an easy to understand and captivating manner. Projects will allow students to create and will include stories, games, greeting cards, interactive art, music & dance, Makey Makey Invention Kit, and more. Animation & Gaming is facilitated by Rensselaer undergraduate students under the direction of professional Rensselaer faculty and staff.

What you will Learn: Participants will learn the fundamentals of computer programing. They will utilize various strategies for solving problems and designing projects. Students will practice communication skills by presenting and demonstrating their projects and creations to the class.


Animation and Gaming Academy
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Junior LEGO®

Who: 8-10 Year olds

Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities

When: See flyer

Description: Expand your creative interest in LEGO® building elements and learn technical fundamentals of programming and construction!

What you will Learn: Expand your creative interest in LEGO® building elements while peaking your technological curiosity. Instructors will introduce the fundamentals of strong construction and programming, while also allowing for students to learn through experimentation and gentle guidance. The students’ experience will culminate in a final challenge that integrates complex building skills and basic programming. For example, teams may be asked to construct and program a robot that mimics an animal or an everyday object. Participants will be using an iconic programming language. This software, combined with the planned curriculum, creates a fun, fast-paced and exciting introduction to robotics! Junior LEGO® is facilitated by Rensselaer undergraduate students under the direction of professional Rensselaer faculty and staff.


Junior LEGO®
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LEGO® EV3

Who: 11-14 Year olds

Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities

When: TBD

Description: Expand your creative interest in LEGO® building elements and learn technical fundamentals of programming and construction!

What you will Learn: Students will merge their creative interest in LEGO® TECHNIC building elements with their “technological life styles.” Participants will use the LEGO® EV3 technology to design, construct and program robotic solutions to complex engineering challenges. Input from sensors will permit robots to autonomously navigate around obstacles or retrieve objects. Students will leave with an understanding of the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science and technology, and they will be able to integrate these principles into their everyday life. Participants will be using an iconic programming language. This software, combined with the planned curriculum, creates a fun, fast-paced and exciting introduction to robotics! LEGO® EV3 is facilitated by Rensselaer undergraduate students under the direction of professional Rensselaer faculty and staff.


LEGO® EV3
Advanced LEGO® EV3

Who: 11-14 Year olds

Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities

When: TBD

Description: MUST HAVE PRIOR LEGO® EXPERIENCE! Participants will use the LEGO® EV3 technology to construct robots that will complete logic and programming focused challenges.

What you will Learn: An Iconic programming language will be used to manipulate sensors on a more advanced level than the LEGO Robotics Engineering Academy. Students will be taught how to use several types of coding structures including loops, if-then statements and variable manipulation through a series of mini-challenges. The experience will culminate in a final challenge that will ask the students to creatively incorporate the variety of skills they have learned during the session. This program stresses team building and collaboration requiring students to work in groups in most situations. This experience is directed towards students with previous backgrounds in LEGO® robotics or participation in an after school robotics program or FIRST LEGO® League participation or participation in a previous Rensselaer Robotics Engineering Academy session. Advanced LEGO® EV3 is facilitated by Rensselaer undergraduate students under the direction of professional Rensselaer faculty and staff.


Advanced LEGO® EV3
VEX Robotics

Who: 13-16 Year olds

Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities

When: TBD

Description: For those who love to create, experiment, and build their own inventions!

What you will Learn: VEX Robotics is for those who love to create, experiment and build their own inventions! This program provides a hands-on, project-based, intense engineering experience designed to educate and inspire students ages 13-16y to pursue academics or a career in STEM. Experience in programming or attending a past LEGO® program is not required. VEX Robotics is facilitated by Rensselaer undergraduate students under the direction of professional Rensselaer faculty and staff.

VEX Robotics builds upon LEGO® Robotics technology by reinforcing engineering principles while introducing additional levels of complexity. A VEX system includes metal construction pieces, wheels, sensors and motors. The robots are controlled by a remote control transmitter or by programming a microprocessor that is built into the robot. This allows students of various skill levels to continually be challenged while using the system. The robot can be programmed in both a visual version of C programming called easyC and the C programming language itself. Students work in teams to design and create VEX Robots that can accomplish engineering challenges.

Students will have one week to work in a team to design, build and program a robot. RPI student instructors will allow students to learn through experimentation. These robots will have to navigate through an obstacle course. The course will challenge students to create a robot that can identify, move, lift and push objects around. Students may also be presented with problems that encourage them to learn how to balance speed with power in order to construct the most maneuverable robot.


VEX Robotics