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Robotics group to offer summer classes

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Fox Valley Robotics and Batavia Robotics will host a series of summer camps and summer programs during June and July to challenge kids to “think beyond the box” with a variety of programs.

The LEGO eXplore camp is designed to challenge both the novice and the longtime builder with daily build challenges. Their designs will take campers to racetracks, the open (and not too deep) ocean, the moon’s surface, Mars and an alien spaceport. Two camps are being offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to June 21 and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 17 to 19.

Discover the world of LEGO robotics at the Summer Robot Camp. Teams of first- to third-graders build and learn to program an NXT robot by completing minimissions.

They put their new skills to work by programming their robot to help save endangered LEGO animals. Two camps are being offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to June 21 and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. July 17 to 19.

The Summer LEGO Program for fourth- to eighth-graders will make more complicated robots out of LEGO pieces and take the programming to the next level. The kids will build and program competition-worthy robots to perform complicated maneuvers and then attempt to conquer the “table” in a series of predefined missions.

This program is offered twice, from noon to 6 p.m. June 22 to 23 and July 20 to 21. The Summer Metal Program for eighth- to 12th-graders offers the next level with electro-mechanical robots programmed to perform on a playing field. The robots will be built with screws, nuts, steel, aluminum, motors, sensors and computers to perform simple and complex tasks. The program will be from noon to 6 p.m. July 13 to 14.

For information, visit www.foxvalleyrobotics.com.

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