Robotics Camp - Arrival - Day 1

THAT Conference 2014
Day: Mon, Aug 11   Time: 10:30 AM   Location: Banyan (map)
Level: 6th Grade and up  Primary Category: Family  Secondary Category: 
Tags: robots, Vex Robotics, Vex IQ, ROBOT-C
You push your way off the bus and into the sweltering August heat. A dilapidated old gate with the tagline 'Welcome, Future Robot Masters', leads to a dusty campfire circle surrounded by numerous log cabins. You can almost hear the complaints rising from the throats of those gathered when an old man with a grizzled beard (and eye patch?) steps around the corner of the nearest cabin and cracks a welcoming, if somewhat toothless, smile. Stepping through the gate, you wonder how you can possibly rectify the straight-out-of-the-eighties summer camp look with what you were promised in the brochure - "A Fast-Paced Introduction to the latest innovations in robotics instruction"...

Out of the corner of your eye, you spot a glint of light reflecting off the ground near the edge of one of the cabins, but as you turn towards it, the light disappears, leaving a small cloud of dust in its wake. Searching for a log with minimal moss growing on it, you wonder if there isn't more here than meets the eye...
Come on down to camp to get an introduction to the Vex IQ Robotics system. This day-long session / open space will cover the basics of the system, outline the tools available and allow you to spend some hands-on time with Vex IQ Robots. Teams will work throughout the conference to build and program a Vex IQ robot to perform specific tasks and earn badge [ribbons] along their path to robotics mastery.

-Overview and Presentation of the Vex IQ system
-FOR PARENTS: Why Robots are Cool: A parent's perspective
-Break for lunch on your own (~11:30AM - 12:30PM, camp room closed)
-Team Formation
-Goal Announcements
-Guided Builder Space

Important Notes:
Participants will get the opportunity to work directly with VexIQ robotics kits during the sessions, but will NOT receive a kit to bring home with them. There will be a limited number of kits available for purchase by camp attendees on a first-come, first-served basis at the end of the conference.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work with the Robot Virtual Worlds software and the Robot-C development environment. There will be a limited number of 'camp stations' providing access to the software. Attendees who wish to use their own hardware should bring along a laptop.

All kits and camp-owned computing resources will only be available during normal session times. Attendees are encouraged to partake of the other great conference experiences outside of the normal session time slots.