Note: Both Sessions of this Camp were rescheduled to July (due to COVID-19).
New Dates: Robotics 1 (July 6 – 10); Robotics 2 (July 13-17)
This Northridge Summer Camp will proceed in accordance with the IL. Dept. of Health Guidelines. Most activities described below will occur, but may be modified to some degree to comply with the guidelines.
The overall goal of Robotics I & II is to get you comfortable using a wide range of electronic components as we work through a list of ‘prepared’ circuits. Every student will work with a complete kit of electronic components, including a micro-controller, transistors, motors, and switches. As students work through ‘hands on’ experiments they will begin mastering the great capabilities of electronics.
The kit uses the Arduino, programmed in the C language. The course assumes a little bit of programing experience but if you don’t, you need not worry. You can start going through the circuits and pick up most of it along the way. No previous electronic experience is required to have fun with this course. For a more advanced robotics camp, please see Robotics II.
This particular course offers two unique approaches. First, each exercise will target a specific goal with close guidance. Once attained and students have understood both the hardware and software basics, students will be given an ‘advanced’ challenge. Secondly, the class will work on a team project. The project will target a real life engineering problem and will strive to bring a solution to market. In previous years, projects have included electrifying a bicycle and designing a precision flow meter.
During this camp campers will design, construct, and pilot their own robotics projects using Arduino, programmed in C language. Campers will develop skills in:
- Planning & Design
- Mechanical Intuition
Dr. William de Ojeda
Dr. William de Ojeda is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer. He worked for over 17 years at NAVISTAR where he managed its Advanced Combustion and Control Engine Group. He now leads a small engineering firm based in Burr Ridge specializing in fuel systems and controls, serving the automotive and aerospace markets. Dr. Ojeda has over the last 30 years contributed his time and energy in a number of student projects and organizations. Questions about the camp? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
REVISED DATES: Due to COVID-19:
Robotics I: July 6 – 10
Robotics II: July 13 – 17
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Entering 7 — 9
Robotics I: $299
Robotics II: $299
Both Robotics I & Robotics II: $549