LEGO Mindstorm Robotics Camp

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Team 2468 alumnus and 2012 Dean’s List Finalist, Garrett Witowski,
now a student at Texas A&M University says of this event: “I
approached Coach with the idea of doing some community outreach as
part of my Eagle Scout Project. Together we came up with the idea of
doing a free camp for young kids to spark their interest in STEM. With
help from some other seniors, I organized and carried out the entire
project.”
Garrett developed a curriculum that used LEGO Mindstorms® kits we
provided to teach some of the basics; e.g., simple movement, following
a line, using the ultrasonic sensor. For the camp, he organized kids into
groups of two, with each assigned a “mentor” (one of the many people
who volunteered to help out with the project) who helped guide them
through the curriculum, as well as answered their questions. After three
hours of hands-on learning, there was a brief demonstration of some
other robots that the kids took turns driving around. Finally, the camp
presented the kids with a challenge of their own, gave them a time
frame in which they could customize their robots however they pleased
(using the LEGO kits), and, then, had them compete with each other.
The camp was a huge success! The parents were amazed at what
their kids had accomplished in the few short hours they had been at
the camp and the kids were amazed at everything they had seen and
learned. While in this case success or failure can’t be quantified, per
se, I know that this camp had a significant impact on the kids. How can
I say the camp was successful? Because I have had parents approach
me on numerous occasions to tell me how much fun their child had at
our camp, how it was all that their child talked about for days on end.
I know that this camp had a significant impact on these kids. It started
teaching them, among many other things, how to think like engineers,
how to think critically about a problem, and how to apply previous
knowledge to a new and unfamiliar situation.” This was the first time
such an event has been approved as an Eagle Scout project, at least