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Robotics - Gr 7-9

Robotics Majors:

In this major, students will explore the emerging science of robot mechanics as they build and program their robot from scratch, remotely control it, experiment with light and pressure sensors, create drive trains for varying terrains, and play robotic sports.

Students will use the VEX robotics platform, the world’s premier classroom robotics platform.   We will begin by building a chassis - our robot needs a stable structure to provide physical support and like a skeleton, it holds everything in place and is the building block from which other systems can be added.   Next, we will mount motors to the chassis and add wheels and gears to complete the drive system so our robot can move as we learn about speed and torque.

As we build and program our robots, we will explore electrical circuits and built power (batteries) as well as communications systems (radio controller) for our robots.  As we employ design thinking we will learn about the engineering process to brainstorm, design, construct, test, and redesign as we used our robots to solve problems.   Finally, we will enhance our robots with sensors, robotic arms, and programming as we test their capabilities in several early challenges, including terrain challenge and a transportation challenge!  Our week will culminate in a finale presentation challenge of designing a robotics sport competition! 

This program runs con-currently with Neuroanatomy and/or Robotics during most sessions.


Robotics - Gr 7-9 - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy is a Manager of Quality Control for the leading global biopharmaceutical company Merck.  Through analysis of quality from creation to post-expiration date, Dr. McCoy oversees a team that...


Education Unlimited - Jacqueline  Acres, MS (Robotics Instructor)

Jacqueline Acres, MS — Robotics Instructor

Jackie Acres will be returning to lead our Robotics program summer.  Ms. Acres graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and from UNLV with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering.  While completing her degree, she had the opportunity to teach high school and freshman mechanical...


Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 9th - Jul 13th 6th - 8th Caltech Day: $1,065.00
Jul 29th - Aug 3rd 8th - 9th Stanford University $2,445.00 – $2,785.00