FLATE, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, a Tampa-based National Science Foundation Center of Excellence is hosting several robotics and engineering camps this summer for middle and high school students across Tampa Bay. Students can choose from various options to whet their appetite for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), with a special “Girls Only” camp to kick off the season. All camps will be held at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. Cost for the intro and intermediate camp is $175 per week; cost for the high school engineering and technology camp is $200 a week.
This year’s schedule and list of camp offerings include:
June 20-24: Introductory EV3 Robotics Camp for Middle School GIRLS ONLY!
June 27-July 1: Introductory EV3 Robotics Camp for ALL Middle School students
July 11-15: Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp for ALL Middle School students
July 25-29: Engineering Technology Camp for High School Students
Summer Robotics Camps
The five day camps are a challenging, yet fun way for campers to learn the applications of STEM through hands-on activities that focus on real-world skills in programming robots, learning about cutting edge technologies like 3D printing that is ubiquitous to any modern, high-tech manufacturing operations. Campers will also explore STEM concepts that involve building a Lego® Mindstorms® EV3 robot, and programming it to complete various challenges and exercises that will sharpen their understanding of the applications/integration of STEM in robotics. Enrollment into the intro camp requires no prior knowledge, or experience in robotics, or programming. For the intermediate camp, campers are required to have some basic knowledge on how to program robots. Both the intro and intermediate camp are geared to teach students the basics of EV3 robots and how to program them. During the camp, students will be part of several robotic team challenges, learn design techniques, see demonstrations of a 3D printer, and write programs to operate the NAO robot.
FLATE is partnering with the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation to provide scholarships for girls from low-income families to attend the All Girls camp. Scholarships are available for girls with preference given to those enrolled in the ‘All Girls’ camp. To qualify, interested campers need to fill out the registration forms posted at http://fl-ate.org/programs/summer-camps. The high school camp offers a STEM-ultimate experience. During the camp, students will use Solidworks and CAD to design a functional robotic arm. They will engage in 3D printing process using additive manufacturing techniques, and learn to program an Arduino microprocessor to operate servo motors. Students will gain an understanding about electronics and precision needed for building robots, learn entrepreneurial skills used by successful business owners and tour a local advanced manufacturing facility.
This year, Hillsborough County is providing scholarships to low income high school students who are interested in enrolling for the high school engineering camp. Students from low income families, and/or those participating in a free and reduced lunch program are eligible to apply for the high school camp scholarship. A camp T-shirt, supplies and curriculum will be provided for all students and is included in the registration fee. More information on the high school camps, applications and scholarship are posted online on the FLATE Camps website.
In addition to the robotics camp in the greater Tampa Bay area, FLATE will also be offering camps at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL, at Marion Technical Institute in Ocala, Peterson Academy in Jacksonville, North Florida Community College in Madison and other locations as well. Information on the camps at St. Petersburg College in Pinellas County and Marion Technical Institute are posted on the FLATE website under “Other Robotics Camps,” scroll to the bottom of the page to get more information about the application process and dates of the camp.
For more information on FLATE’s 2016 Robotics and High School Technology camps visit www.fl-ate.org/projects/camps.html, and www.madeinflorida.org. You can also contact Executive Director of FLATE, Dr. Marilyn Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org. For media related questions contact Janice Mukhia, FLATE Communications Manager at email@example.com.
FLATE is a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence, committed to ensuring Florida has a well prepared workforce for advanced and emerging technologies. Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 39 Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the needs of American advanced technology industries. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org.