Robotics Week at Charles River School
Empow Studios Robotics Week at Charles River School is a week-long program for kids to design, build, and code robots using LEGO EV3 MINDSTORMS. Whether your child is looking to build and program their first robot, or start training for the 2017 FLL competition, this week covers the programming and engineering needed to make autonomous robots.
Robots are all around us today, whether it’s vacuuming the rug, helping our military, or battling on national television! Kids are already exposed to robots, and there’s a good chance they’ll want to create robots that do some fundamental (and sometimes whacky) tasks in everyday life. Kids can choose to custom-design or work from instructional guides to build their robot. Once the robot’s build is strong and flexible enough to withstand the environment around it, kids will start coding using EV3 software. With this approach, kids are seeing visual representations of what they are programming. Loops, variables, and a multitude of sensors & motors are just some of the tools kids can use to put their robot in the field. Once kids have completed their robots, they’ll test them in their desired environment, whether that’s driving up a ramp or battling on a robot sumo wrestling ring. Some of the projects will see are robotic musical instruments, Segways using gyroscopic sensors, robotics animals, and of course, huge tanks and race cars.
Robotics Week at Charles River School runs from June 19 – June 23, and is open to kids who have completed grades 1-8.
A typical day during Robotics Week
8:30am – 9:30am Drop-off, introductions, and special activities. Kids play games and get comfortable with friends, staff, and the Studio.
9:30am – 10:30am Project time – session #1. Students work on projects at their own pace, guided by our expert staff. Kids can choose to work individually with help from staff, or work with friends in a group project. This is where kids build their robots, design video games, and film unique animations!
10:30am – 11:00am Snack time and technology demos. We introduce new technologies that students may have not worked with in the past, like music production for their video game, movie, or animation.
11:00am – 12:00pm Project time – session #2. Kids fuel their brains and start bringing new ideas into their projects. Staff makes sure a student’s morning ends on a good note so they can pick up where they started with confidence and excitement.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch & Physical Break!!! We go outside and enjoy the sun. Kids eat lunch with friends, and then we utilize all of their energy (and the staff’s!) to play fun group-based games.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Project time – session #3. Kids come back to their projects with a wealth of ideas to bring to their project.
2:00pm – 2:30pm Snack time & technology demos. Now that the kids have learned some of the fundamental techniques, we dive into some advanced techniques and coding essentials.
2:30pm – 4:00pm Project time – session #4. Kids put their final touches before they end the day with a sense of pride and come home with stories about their day.
What happens during the week?
Mon: Team-building games and welcome activities to make new students comfortable. Then, teacher demos & brainstorming to inspire project ideas.
Tue: Students start working on individual and small-group projects. Mini-lesson, tutorials, and demos are held throughout the day.
Wed: Projects start coming to life! Kids start exploring with advanced robotic techniques.
Thu: Wrap up projects by adding any post-production, packaging, or final design work.
Fri: Students complete their projects and get ready to the project showcase.
It’s required that each student has a lunch packed, including a snack or two. We do go outside for lunch (weather permitting), so please pack sunscreen for your child if needed.
Times & Costs
Robotics Week is a week-long day program, and run in full-day or half-day sessions.
- Full-day: 9:00am – 4:00pm | $595
- Half-day AM: 9:00am – 12:00pm | $335
- Half-day PM: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $335
- Early drop-off: 8:30am – 9:00am | FREE
We provide all equipment necessary for the classes; students do not need to bring equipment. If they choose to bring equipment, they are responsible for damaged or lost items.
Please refer to our Policies page for more details. If you’d like to cancel your registration, you must let us know 2 weeks before the start of the program. We then issue a full refund, minus $10 to cover our registration and processing fees.