UW-Green Bay Real World Robotics & STEM Camps
Session 1 - July 19-22, 2015
Session 2 - July 26-29, 2015
*Beginners and camp repeaters are welcome to attend either or both sessions of camp. Each Session will split into two groups, beginners and intermediate campers. Each session will offer a set of different challenges for both beginners and camp repeaters. Any camper is welcome to take either or both sessions.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. Did you know that over the past 10 years growth in STEM careers was three times larger than growth in non-STEM careers? Whether we realize it or not, robots are integrated into our daily lives. Surgeons, car washes, video games, manufacturers and architects use robots!
Join us for an intense, hands-on, interactive camp! Campers will be partnered together with youth of similar programming knowledge. Each team will be provided a computer and a Lego Mindstorm NXT kit. Teams will be given missions (challenges) to complete, requiring them to build a robot and develop programming to allow the robot to “solve” the real world challenges. To further connect this camp to real life practices, campers will participate in a field trip to a business using robots in their business practice.
New this year: Each camp will be divided into beginner and advanced divisions; instruction for beginners will include basic building and programming, and advanced divisions will include more in-depth programming tips and pointers for success. On the final day of camp, the campers will compete on a large-scale Lego playing field of challenges. Each division will compete amongst themselves, with the winners of each division playing for a final overall camp winner.
Eligibility: For students entering grades 6-8. Students must be a minimum of 12 years of age to stay overnight on campus.
Sean Schuff is the Robotics and STEM Camp Director. He teaches at Tesla Charter School in Appleton. Mr. Schuff joined the staff of the Appleton Area School District in 1996 teaching an array of Technology and Engineering classes at all three high schools. In 1998 he joined the teaching staff of Appleton East full time and just a few short years later became one of the founding members of Tesla Engineering Charter School. Since then he has dedicated himself to the students in both Tesla and on the NEW Apple Corps Robotics Team.
Melinda Pollen, Brown County Youth Development Educator, and Lena Hosking, Brown County 4-H Program Assistant, believe that in the power that youth have. Melinda and Lena have more than 20 years collective experience working with youth, from kindergarten through 13th grade. UW-Extension, and the 4-H Youth Development program, has made engaging youth in STEM as a national priority. Locally, Melinda and Lena have developed and implemented programs to engage youth in hands-on, project based learning using science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Melinda and Lena are dedicated to providing youth the opportunity to learn and grow, in both work and STEM skills.
- Dates: Session 1: July 19-22 and Session 2: July 26-29, 2015
- Fees for each session: $295 for commuter day campers (includes 3 lunches); $479 for campers who choose to live on campus. (Students must be at least 12 years of age to stay on campus.)
- Daily Schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-W) Housing campers will check into housing on Sunday afternoon, July 19 or July 26.
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The Perfect Camp Location - This 700 acre campus location is a perfect setting for summer camps. Located five miles from the downtown Green Bay area.
Resident Housing Campers - UW-Green Bay's two-person dorm rooms are comfortable, offer a private bathroom per room, and are within a five minute walk to the campus facilities. Campers are assigned a roommate of the same gender and age; we honor one roommate request.
Special evening activities are planned for campers who live on campus. These events may include a talent show, field trips, game night in our newly renovated University Union, swimming at the state of the art Kress Events Center, outings to recreational areas in the Green Bay area, etc. Our campers aren't bored in the evening!
Campers who choose to live on campus will be supervised by a team of overnight camp counselors. This highly trained team undergoes hours of emergency training, simulated role-plays, and are experienced in working with today's youth.
Commuter Campers - Campers who don't live on campus, must provide for their own daily transportation to and from campus each day. Drop off/Pick up Policy: Parents are advised to drop off and pick up your child promptly. The camp begins at 8:30 a.m., with staff on site at 8 a.m. Pick up is at 4:00 p.m. with staff on site until 4:15. Failure to pick up your child on time will result in a supervisory charge of $15 per hour.
NOTE: Green Bay Transit operates to and from campus each day, with drop off locations at the Cofrin Library and the Studio Arts Building. The buses run :10 and :40 on the hour. Bus passes are $2 per day for students. For more information contact: http://www.greenbaymetro.org or call 920-448-3450.
Scholarships - As many as 50% of our campers attend on scholarships or other assistance. Many community civic organizations, local businesses and area clubs often provide financial assistance to campers.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) offers some scholarship assistance for non-athletic camps. Scholarships are given on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to eligibility based on financial need. Application forms are available on our scholarships page.
Health Services and Insurance - The UW-Green Bay Health and Counseling Center is available to campers 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Accident insurance through the University of Wisconsin is provided for all camps. This limited policy covers injuries relating to camp accidents only. It is understood that medical costs in excess of camp insurance will be borne by parents or guardians.
Disciplinary Policies - The camp reserves the right, upon notification of parents, to dismiss any camper during any session for improper conduct, language, dress or attitude which, in the judgment of the summer camp administrative and counseling staff, is detrimental to the well-being of other campers or smooth operation of the camp.