Bot Bash Summer Camp teaches combat robotics to kids ages seven and up. Based on our innovative fighting-robot kit, we’ve designed a class that doesn’t require a soldering iron, drill press, or any of the other potentially dangerous tools used in robot building.
We focus on the core concepts of engineering and science as kids use the Bot Bash kits to assemble their dream machines. It’s an entirely safe environment, using physics and engineering concepts to help students build better robots.
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Morning: Combat Camp
Campers design and build their combat robot. Through an intensive 5 day program, campers learn the principles of design, engineering and electronics.
Day 1: Principle of Design
Day 2: Traction and Gear Ratios
Day 3: Volts and Amps
Day 4: Leverage and Impact
Day 5: No Holds Barred Tournament in our State of the Art Arena
Afternoon: Animatronics Camp
Taught by one of the highest ranked women in Combat Robotics and a 2015 Flea Weight World Champion. Students learn how to breathe life into their creations. The students may pick 3 different styles of animatronics: Vibration, Single Cam and Double Cam.
Day 1: Build the Vibration Robot
Day 2: Assemble Gear Box to create a Shuffle Cam
Day 3: Painting and Fabricating
Day 4: Construct Remote Operated Double Cam Walker
Day 5: Decorate Double Cam Shuffle Bot and Compete in a crazy game of Soccer for the Beasts in our State of the Art Arena!
Morning: Lego Programming Triathlon
Taught by a Former Lego Sumo Champion from the World Robotics Tournament – RoboGames. Students design a robot to compete in 3 of the RoboGames Tournaments.
Day 1: Build MindStorm Robot
Day 2: Challenge #1 “Speed” – Line Following Challenge
Day 3: Challenge #2 “Brains” – Robot thru Maze
Day 4: Challenge #3 “Sumo Ring” – Out Smart or Over Power the Competition
Day 5: Triathlon – Compete in all 3 Challenges
Afternoon: Bot Hockey
The class is divided into two teams and each team is responsible for creating a wild and crazy robot hockey team. Each student will be given a position on the field goalie, defender, attacker, and mid-range. Their goal is to build a robot to best suit their role. The class focuses on teamwork and collaboration in order to make the best team possible. Students will build one to two- pound wheeled robots with different abilities to handle the park block or disable opponents. This is modeled after the robber games hockey tournament and will be using the same rules.
Morning: Demolition Derby
Campers can construct their buggies with speed, armor, and acceleration in mind. The students spend 4 days learning about Velocity and Acceleration as they make their ultimate racer. Kids learn how to be a mechanic and a racer at the same time! As they try to find the careful balance between performance and reliability.
Day 1: Frame and Motors
Day 2: Tires and Traction
Day 3: Scoops and Armor
Day 4: Drive Tests and Weaponry
Day 5: THE BIG RACE!
Afternoon: Advanced Combat
Everything learned in the Basic Combat Course will be applied here. Students will learn about Potential (stored) and Kinetic Energies. Dive deeper into Physics. Learn about advanced weaponry. Explore how Kinetic Energy is applied differently to Drum Spinners and Horizontal Spinners. After 4 days of advanced building, students go head to head battling their metal monsters!
Day 1: Kinetic Energy
Day 2: Potential Energy aka Stored Energy
Day 3: Pneumatics Cylinders and Pressure
Day 4: A Blade of Armor
Day 5: Grand Tournament
Day 1. Design. On the first day, we start with a robot tournament to get the kids used to the three types of weapons they’re allowed to use. They’ll also see various drive platforms, different ways to build robots, and strategies for winning. Then we start talking about design and the various pros and cons of various design considerations as we begin engineering and designing the robots.
Day 2. Drive Trains and Gear Boxes. On Day 2, the kids learn about gear ratios and traction, with two physics lessons to teach the kids the formula behind both of these properties. As they learn the formula, they get to apply what they’ve learned to their robots. The goal of the day is to construct a frame and gear box and put wheels on the robots.
Day 3. Wiring Electronics. This becomes the most difficult lesson. On Day 3 we focus on voltage, amperage, Ohm’s law, and radio communication, with just a touch of programming. The kids wire their robots and see how different size batteries have dramatic effects on their drive train. They learn about voltage changes, amperage changes, and how to not interfere with the signal as they write a control program for their robots.
Day 4. Weapons and Armor. This is where the metal hits the pavement. The two main themes of the day are leverage and impact. We cover how impact works and how to design armor panels to absorb or deflect energy. We also talk about leverage. Robots have limited amounts of torque, and weapons systems need to take advantage of leverage to flip their opponents over.
Day 5. Tournament Day. The students test their mettle, as all the skills they’ve learned culminate in a final tournament to see who the Grand Champion will be. On this day we focus on competition, safety, and being a good sport because the skills kids take with them are more important than winning the tournament
2018 Schedule and Registration
|6/11/18 – 6/15/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|7/2/18-7/6/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|7/30/18-8/3/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|Dates||Lego Programming||Bot Hockey|
|6/18/18-6/22/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|7/9/18-7/13/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|8/6/18-8/10/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|Dates||Demolition Derby||Advanced Combat|
|6/25/18-6/29/18||8 am 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|7/23/18-7/27/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|
|8/13/18-8/17/18||8 am – 12 pm||1 pm – 5 pm|