About the Robotics Camps

 WeDo and WeDo 2.0 Camps (recommended for upcoming 1-3 graders)

LEGO WeDo robotics monkey

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

WeDo 2.0

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


NXT Robotics Camp (recommended for upcoming 4-8 graders)

LEGO Robotics NXT

The NXT robotics system uses an intelligent brick with its own central processing unit (CPU), memory, power supply, display panel and speaker. It incorporates interactive servo motors and input devices, including light, touch, motion, and sound sensors. Campers will build complex robots and learn how to direct the robot to complete complex tasks.


EV3 Robotics Camp (recommended for upcoming 6th graders & above)

EV3 This camp utilizes LEGO® Mindstorms for Education programing software and EV3 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 graders & above)

Steve

Minecraft will be used in an educational setting to reinforce math, science, and social studies skills. Working as teams to complete various tasks, students will learn the mechanics of Minecraft: Education Edition, forage for food, gather materials, and 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.