Lipscomb University and Nissan Engineering and Robotics Camps
For every kid who just can’t resist dismantling the toaster, the Lipscomb University/Nissan BisonBot Robotic Summer Camps will be the highlight of their summer. All camps will be held in the new Hughes Center engineering facility on the Lipscomb campus.
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Designed for very young campers with no robotics experience
Ages: 6-8 (completed Kindergarten)
Cost: $200 (snacks included)
Dates: July 29 -31, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
This three-day camp introduces campers age 6-8 to introductory concepts in mechanics, electricity, and robotics through hands-on activities. The camp is designed to show campers the connections between basic science and the modern world of automation and to develop an awareness of the underlying engineering principles used in robotics. Camp culminates in a show-and-tell session for family and friends parents where campers discuss what they've learned and demonstrate activities they've been involved with.
Junior BisonBots Camp
Designed for students' first exposure to a robotics experience
Ages: 8-11 (completed 2nd grade)
Cost: $300 (snacks included)
Dates: July 14 - 17, 2015
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
This four-day camp introduces campers age 8-11 to basic mechanics, electricity, and robotics concepts through a variety of in-class and studio-based exercises. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, a variety of activities are used to introduce the children to concepts such as electrons and current flow, simple DC circuits, motors, axles, and wheels, and the application of these concepts to robotics. The week culminates in a show-and-tell session for friends and parents where campers explain what they've learned throughout the week and demonstrate various projects they've created.
Fundamentals BisonBot Robotic Camp
Designed for budding roboteers with little or no experience in robotics
Ages: 10-14 (completed 4th grade)
Cost: $400 (snacks and lunch included)
Dates: July 6 - 10, 2015
Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Campers age 10-14 (completed 4th grade) learn basic robotic principles involving electrical circuits, batteries, switches, DC motors, and robotic arm- and hand actuators. They build their own challenging six-degree-of-freedom robotic arm, and even learn how to solder! Fundamentals camp concludes with a robotic competition and reception open to family and friends.
Advanced BisonBot Robotic Camp
Designed for students with some previous robot experience
Ages: 12 and older (completed 6th grade)
Cost: $500 (snacks and lunch included)
Dates: July 20 - 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
This camp is for students age 12 and above (completed 6th grade) with some robot experience (previous attendance in a robotics camp, participation on a robotics team, etc.) and will extend their knowledge in mechanical and electrical principles, wireless communication, and will provide them with opportunities to learn and apply various robot design and construction techniques. Advanced camp concludes with a reception and head-to-head robot competition involving robots of the camper’s own design and construction. The reception and competition is open to family and friends.
Designed for students with previous robotics experience.
Ages: 13 and older
Cost: $350 (snacks included)
Dates: July 27 - 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This premier robotics experience for students age 13 and above extends the camper's previous knowledge of robotics by introducing them to programming concepts. Both graphical and procedural programming methods are taught, introducing the software engineering concepts of algorithm- and program design, sensor interfacing, basic microprocessor input/output, and variable-speed motor control. Campers receive their own programmable robot and program development environment.
Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid
Regardless of the selected camp, all applicants will be considered for academic scholarships. Camp applications must be accompanied by at least one letter of recommendation (non-relative) and a copy of the student’s most recently completed semester grades in math and science. Additionally, financial aid will be available to qualified students (to be considered for financial aid, additional materials are required—see the application for details). No before- or after-camp care will be available. Early application is strongly encouraged as acceptances are granted to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, and camps fill quickly.
In the fall semester, the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering and Nissan host Music City BEST, an annual robotics competition that is part of the nation-wide Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Competition. Middle and high school students from across the region design and build a robot to compete with robots from other schools in performing both simple and complex tasks as specified by BEST. If you would like more information on how your school can participate in Music City BEST, contact the College of Engineering at 615.966.6244. You can also learn more by visiting the BEST Competition website. The Best Competition occurs in the fall.