About the Robotics Camps

 WeDo and WeDo 2.0 (recommended for upcoming 1st-4th graders)

LEGO WeDo robotics monkey

WeDo
The LEGO® WeDo robotics system is designed for younger school-aged campers who are able to listen well. Building robots using LEGO pieces along with specialized items such as motors, sensors, gears,and pulleys allows campers to then program their creations through the LEGO WeDo software.

WeDo 2.0

WeDo 2.0
This camp builds on the WeDo camp and is designed for campers who have attended the WeDo Camp. Campers use skills from the earlier camp to construct much more complex models and programs.


LEGO Mindstorms Robotics (recommended for upcoming 4th-8th graders)

EV3 This camp utilizes LEGO® Mindstorms for Education programming software and robots. This camp is designed for children who have had previous experiences with LEGO Robotics and would like to use skills to design and build complex machines that accomplish specific tasks.


Minecraft (recommended for upcoming 2nd-9th graders)

Steve

Minecraft will be used in an educational setting to reinforce math, science, and social studies skills. Working as teams to complete various tasks, campers will learn the mechanics of Minecraft: Education Edition, forage for food, gather materials, and explore design concepts in a virtual community where the group survives against all Minecraft nature has to offer.


History of Lego Robotics Camps at Murray State University

Murray State University's College of Education and Human Services Robotics Camps were established in 1998 by Dr. Tom Lough.  From inception, the week-long day camps were for students incoming in grades 4-8.  These camps used the LEGO® RCX "programmable brick" for its robotic activities.  The camps then switched to the LEGO® NXT "intelligent brick" as the basis for the robotic projects.  This sophisticated system emphasizes the programming aspects of robotics and offers a wide variety of engineering and modeling possibilities.

In 2010, a NEW level of robotics camp was established.  For the first time, camps were offered for rising first, second, and third graders!  This camp used the new LEGO® WeDo robotics system that offered many exciting activities and robotic models.  Also in 2010, a special afternoon advanced session was offered for rising ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students that was quite successful.  In 2011, Dr. Brandi King became the director of the camps and expanded camp options to include Advanced WeDo camps for younger students, as well as Minecraft and programming classes for older students.

In 2016, the College of Education and Human Services' Robotics Camp legacy was continued by the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education (KATE).  KATE will continue to develop new camps, while expanding existing camps, in order to reach even more students.