robocamp

A Yearly tradition…

The Northville Robostangs held our annual Robocamp during the first week of August at Northville High School. It was a great success and had an attendance of over 65 students from grades 3-8. The students came in with enthusiasm and drive, allowing them to build and program Lego EV3 robots to complete challenges. This year, our game master, Tejas Kakunje, developed a progressive game board which was fit for both the beginner students as well as the advanced. He ensured that the game was hard enough so the building and programming would be a challenge and could push students to put their best foot forward, but easy enough so that students could complete the task if they put their mind to it. Some teams even got as creative to make a self-correcting EV3 robot almost like how a car uses traction control. We made sure to stick with our theme “H2O, ready, set, go!” and made all of the game challenges related to water. Our crafts were also all water-based. We made lava lamps to teach students about the different densities of oil and water and showing off different chemical reactions that can happen with water. We also made snow globes to demonstrate the low viscosity of water, and pool noodle foam boats to show how sailors were able to navigate their journeys by paying attention to the wind and waves. The kids were also able to race these boats during fun tournaments at the end of the days. The camp coordinators, Esha Garg, Keya Patel, and Melissa Corrigan, were happy to help foster a passion for STEM in these students and watch them learn. This camp was an engaging and fun experience for both the Robostangs and the students.