Robotics Camp (Women-Focused)

For rising 9th-10th graders
July 7 – 13, 2019

Robotics Camp gives young women the opportunity to harness the power of computer technology and bring a robotic creation to life by building, programming, and controlling autonomous robots. Campers will participate in stimulating computer labs, hands-on robotic development and computer programming using the LEGO Mindstorm NXT system, Zumo robot by Pololu, and other activities that focus on group problem solving and creativity to address issues facing society today.

Campers will learn about:

– Binary
– Logic gates
– Boolean algebra
– Programming in C and NXC (Not eXactly C) to read sensor inputs and drive a robot.
– Calculate voltage, current, and resistance in electrical circuits
– Add additional sensors by soldering to their very own Zumo robot (which you get to keep)

In a week you will build line following robots, challenge each other’s robots in a sumo match, attempt to defeat the boss robot, and finish a relay challenge that combines all of the skills learned in class.



Camp Coordinators: Landi Najarro and Steve Zazeski. Landi and Steve are graduates from the University of Illinois with Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering.  They are both software engineers at Pixo, a software consultancy nearby campus in Urbana. Landi has been involved in WYSE Engineering camps for nearly 8 years where she has served in nearly every camp role from counselor to lab assistant to coordinator.  Steve will be entering his second year as Robotics Camp co-coordinator. Every year, these coordinators write a song to teach the campers a new programming related concept, regardless of how goofy it turns out.

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