Robotics Learning
LEGO Robotics Summer Day Camp

2016 Parent Handbook

Our Vision:

A world where people understand technology, work productively together, and use technology creatively and responsibly.


Printable pdf version of this handbook
 
Required Form:
(bring on first day)

Child Information Form

Optional Forms:

Walk-In Release Form
Medication Consent Form


Session 1 Morning – SCRATCH PROGRAMMING (July 25 – 29, 2016)

 Learn Scratch programming while creating a series of fun examples and games.  Scratch is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language that makes it easy to program graphics, interactive objects, and games on your screen. Scratch 2.0 allows you to program your own blocks and includes features for advanced programming, including variables and cloning. You can read about Scratch, and try it, at scratch.mit.edu.   Class sessions include sample programs explained by the instructor and time for students to work on the programs with help provided.

 This programming class is recommended for ages 8 to 12.   This is a morning half day session.  Computers are provided for use during camp.  Students can also work on their projects on a computer at home.

 Students also enrolled in the afternoon Python Programming camp may bring a lunch and will be supervised during the Noon hour.

Session 1 Afternoon – PYTHON PROGRAMMING (July 25 – 29, 2016)

 This is a beginner's introduction to Python programming. Programming concepts and techniques are introduced and practiced through a series of fun programming examples. Topics include: using variables, turtle graphics, defining new object classes, interactive application with buttons, animation, and creating a simple interactive game. Class sessions include sample programs explained by the instructor and time for students to work on the programs with help provided. Students should have a USB flash drive to take their python projects home.

 This programming class is recommended for ages 10 to 14.   This is an afternoon half day session.  Computers are provided for use during camp.  Students can also copy their programs to a flash drive to work on their projects on a computer at home.

 Students also enrolled in the morning Scratch Programming camp may bring a lunch and will be supervised during the Noon hour.

Session 2 All Day – ARDUINO ROBOTS (August 1 – 5, 2016)

 In this 5-day session, students design, build and program robots using a Hummingbird Duo robot kit.  This kit is ideal for creating unique contraptions and robots from craft materials like cardboard, wood, plastic, foam board, construction paper, markers, and glue.  It includes motors, servos, lights, and sensors to make your creations dynamic and interactive.  Examples of projects include robot creatures or pets, an automated alarm system, or a pinball game with flippers and flashing lights.

 The Hummingbird Duo contains an Arduino Leonardo microcontroller board, and includes extra components for directly controlling servos and motors, and it has easy-to-use terminal blocks that allow connecting wires without soldering or crimping. 

 Like all Arduino microcontrollers, there are several programming options for the Hummingbird Duo.  In thiks camp we will start with Scratch and Ardublock.   Advanced students will have the opportunity to program in C++ using the standard Arduino IDE.

 This class is recommended for ages 10 to 14.   This is a full day session.  Hummingbird Duo kits, craft materials, and computers are provided for use during camp.  Students should bring a lunch.  Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

 You will have the option to purchase the Hummingbird Duo kit parts so your can take home your completed project and reuse the kit to make other projects.

Session 3 All Day – LEGO AND VEX IQ ROBOTS (August 8 – 12, 2016)

 This 5-day session provides students opportunities to build, remote control, and program robots using LEGO and VEX IQ robotics kits.  Lessons and mini challenges introduce basic and intermediate level construction, use of sensors, and programming topics. Student teams will also have an opportunity to design and program robots to solve and practice First LEGO League and VEX IQ competition challenges.

 This robotics class is recommended for ages 9 to 14.   This is a full day session.  Robot kits and computers are provided for use during camp.  Students should bring a lunch.  Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL SESSIONS
  • Students will have a partner for most activities, and are required to cooperate and share well.
  • Building and Programming skills will be practiced in the context of the robot contests, where they will receive guidance and coaching.
  • A light snack will be provided each morning and afternoon.
  • Students need to bring their own sack lunch, and be motivated and mature enough to stay focused on robotics activities all day. 

PHONE NUMBERS

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, or to communicate an absence, please contact:

Phone (Steve Putz): 408-910-1176 (cell phone)
E-Mail: info@RoboticsLearning.com
Mailing Address: 586 Pomeroy Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051
Additional Numbers (please try the above number first): Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Palo Alto: 650-688-3030 LOCATION and DATES

Session 1 (Morning)     Scratch Programming:            July 25-29, 2016

Session 1 (Afternoon)   Python Programming:             July 25-29, 2016

Session 2 (All Day)       Arduino Robots:                      August 1-5, 2016

Session 3 (All Day)       LEGO and VEX IQ Robots:       August 8-12, 2016  

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
200 Channing Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Parking:  Please avoid taking the last available parking spaces in the lot.
Additional parking is available on the street, or the building garage (entrance on Emerson St.)


CLASS HOURS

Morning Sessions (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM):

Please drop off your child between 8:45 am and 9:00 am each day.

You must pick up your child no later than 12:15 pm each day.

Afternoon Sessions (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM):

Please drop off your child between 12:45 pm and 12:00 pm each day.

You must pick up your child no later than 4:15 pm each day.

All Day Sessions (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM):

Please drop off your child between 8:45 am and 9:00 am each day.

(Supervised lunchtime is between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm each day.)

Please provide your child with a sack lunch.

You must pick up your child no later than 4:15 pm each day.

ABSENSES

Please call 408-910-1176, before 8:30 AM and leave a message if your child will be absent. Please be specific, stating your child's full name and the session (morning or afternoon). If we do not receive a message from you, we will try to verify the absence by phone.

SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT POLICY

A Parent/Guardian, or other authorized adult must sign each child in/out of camp every morning and afternoon. The only people that your child will be released to are those listed on your information form. Note: all persons authorized to pick up campers must be at least 16 years of age. If someone other than a parent will pick up your child, please give us prior written notice. If there is an emergency and no one on your list can pick up your child, the primary parent/guardian must call 408-910-1176 to allow another adult to pick up the child or send a signed note of authorization with that person.

Walking, Biking, or Taking the Bus Home: If you plan to have your child walk, bike, or take the bus to and from camp, your child must be at least 12 years of age and you must notify Robotics Learning in writing prior to start of the camp session. Please ask for a release form for this purpose. Campers must be prompt and must sign in and out each day or they will lose this privilege.

Late Pick-up: After 4:15 PM, we will call the individuals you have authorized to pick up your child. After 4:30 PM, there will be a late charge fee of $10 for the first five minutes and $5 for each five-minute increment after, payable at the time of pickup. In the event we have not heard from a parent and are unable to get through to your emergency contacts, Child Protective Services will be notified. If an emergency arises, please call 408-910-1176 and leave a message that you will be late so we can explain to your child that you are on your way. Please note that repeated late pickups might result in termination from our program.

ILLNESS/INJURY AT CAMP

If your child is ill or injured at camp, we will notify you as soon as possible so you may pick up your child. If you are not available, we will call the emergency contacts on your child's information form (please keep this information current). In an emergency, we will call emergency personnel.

Medications: Medication will be administered ONLY with prior written consent of parent and must be prescribed by a physician. All medications must be checked in with camp staff by a parent along with a medication consent form. Written instructions are to include medication, dosage, and conditions under which it is to be administered. All medications MUST be in their original container and have an unaltered label. Children are not allowed to bring or administer their own medication.

TUITION/REFUND/CREDIT/TRANSFER POLICY

Tuition: Camp cost is $190 for half day sessions and $390 for all day sessions.

Refund/Credit Policy: All deposits and payments are normally non-refundable.  If a paid substitution from the waiting list can be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the session, you will receive a refund of 90% of your tuition.  If a substitution from the waiting list is made within two weeks of the session, you will receive a refund of 50% of your tuition. All requests for transfers, refunds or credits must be made via email or in writing.

Transfers: Transfers to another camp session or to another child are allowed only if space is available and you give written notice (email preferred) and pay a $20 administration fee at least 14 days in advance of the session. If accepted, transfer requests within 14 days of the session have a $50 administration fee.

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

T-Shirts: Each child may receive a Robotics Learning camp shirt on the first day of the session. If provided, we recommend that campers wear their camp shirt for easy identification and to show camp spirit.

Bag Lunch: For children attending the all day session, please send a bag lunch and a drink marked with your child's name each day. Please do not send perishable items (milk, mayonnaise, etc.), since refrigeration may not be available.

Not Allowed: MP3 player, video games, Pokemon or other trading cards, skateboards or skates are not permitted at camp. They will be confiscated and returned to the parents at the end of the day.

Valuables and Spending money: Please leave all valuables at home (jewelry, watches, toys, etc.). Please do not bring your own LEGO sets or parts. Please label all of your child's belongings, especially coats or sweaters, with their first and last name. Camp staff will not be responsible for any valuables or money lost or stolen. To be safe, please leave all valuables and money at home.

CAMP RULES

www.RoboticsLearning.com
586 Pomeroy Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-910-1176


rev. 4/11/2016