Robotic Summer Camps

A few decades ago, summer vacation camps used to be the time for typewriting courses or sewing classes. As time passes, students had more options like swimming, arts & crafts etc. But the new trend is robotic summer camps and they are getting more popular among kids here in the United States. These camps provide awareness and hands-on training in machine learning and mobile app development.

Camps are evolving with the times, adding activities to keep children engaged. Dance and music summer camps have gone out of fashion as academicians and parents have found out about robotic summer camps. When it comes to robots, reality stills lag science fiction. But, just because robots and technology have not lived up to their promise in the past decades, does not mean that they will not arrive sooner or later. Now that it has come, robotics changed the way we used to look at the world. But why have robotic camps become a trend?

Experts and educators on all levels value learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and focusing on technology in education, but robotics has taken education to another level and for the past five years, the number of students attending the robotic sumner camps has increased a lot. Robotics has changed the way of the learning process for kids, creating the next evolution in teaching. That’s because introducing robotics to school means making regular science subject skills and knowledge hands-on and fun, to prepare students for the future in a way that feels more like creativity and less like homework. Robots have always been a captivating piece of technology and there is nothing quite as fun and educational as building or programming one’s own robot and setting it through the paces of a race, an activity or a challenge.

So, the main goal of these summer camps, which also proves to be the success of these camps, is that they encourage problem-solving, creative thinking and a healthy sense of competition that inspire students to be innovative.

The camps provide awareness and hands-on training also in machine learning and mobile app development. But programming and other STEM concepts can seem very abstract, especially for younger students. But Robotics is simpler to understand and a more tangible introduction to programming. Teaching young students the abstract subject of programming can be challenging. Programming is often too complex for most students to grasp. Here students can see how science, engineering, math, and technology work together and interact. They learn the skills needed to create precise and accurate instructions and have fun while learning some important things.

Robotics is a production-based learning module. Now that all kids have become tech-savvy and use gadgets, they don’t try to understand what’s inside the mobile. Igniting the reverse engineering thought, a decent summer camp, with all the top-notch facilities, would help the child to think about what’s inside these gadgets and how to make them. Not all fields combine creativity with engineering and technology as robotics does. When students are given the opportunity to create something interactive that they think is cool, their engagement levels increase, and they retain more information. Just like the drones, the demand for robotic devices is more and more nowadays, so to realize the potential and interest of our child in this field is much important to give him an amazing career.

Robotics is a field that is easy accessible to a wide range of students with varying talents and skills. Children with autism are able to easily respond to the consistent, calm, and clean interactions that robots give them. Recently, there was a humanoid boot camp conducted for techies and their children near Chicago, Illinois, which got great response, both from children and parents.

Still, there is a question that if these kinds of concept-driven learning should be part of a school curriculum. Robotics in school can help the students turn their frustration into creativity and innovation. Robotics give a valuable life lesson that teaches our students perseverance and determination when faced with challenges. It should be part of our education system, but the preparations we have to make are more. Above all, parents should get involved.

The number of children learning the basics of robotic has seen a significant rise and they have been preparing modules and presentations for school curriculum regularly.

4 thoughts on “Robotic Summer Camps”

  1. Wow where was this when I was a kid. Gone are the days of just a camp experience that is just the basics. This option is something very cool. You are right, kids are so tech savvy now a days, that I can totally see this being a real big draw for kids. My nephew is super techy and I think that he would really love going to a camp like this.

  2. I really love this!

    I remember as a kid getting packages to built robots every month and it was a blast. With how technology
    has progressed since I’m a kid it’s probably way cooler now.

    I just don’t know if adding this to the school curriculum is a good idea. Not everyone is into building robots and
    for them, it could be another barrier to succeeding at school especially if you demand good grades.

    • Thanks for your prompt reply and for your comments. I do agree that not every child will benefit from Educational Robots. It has to be handled according to each child needs and capabilities. However, there are some educational robots out there that also addresses STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts. Even if the child will never be a programmer, he or she could benefit from them. Have a great evening.

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