THAT Conference 2014
Day: Mon, Aug 11 Time: 10:30 AM Location: Banyan (map)
Level: 6th Grade and up Primary Category: Family Secondary Category:
Tags: robots, Vex Robotics, Vex IQ, ROBOT-C
You push your way off the bus and into the sweltering August heat. A dilapidated old gate with the tagline 'Welcome, Future Robot Masters', leads to a dusty campfire circle surrounded by numerous log cabins. You can almost hear the complaints rising from the throats of those gathered when an old man with a grizzled beard (and eye patch?) steps around the corner of the nearest cabin and cracks a welcoming, if somewhat toothless, smile. Stepping through the gate, you wonder how you can possibly rectify the straight-out-of-the-eighties summer camp look with what you were promised in the brochure - "A Fast-Paced Introduction to the latest innovations in robotics instruction"... Out of the corner of your eye, you spot a glint of light reflecting off the ground near the edge of one of the cabins, but as you turn towards it, the light disappears, leaving a small cloud of dust in its wake. Searching for a log with minimal moss growing on it, you wonder if there isn't more here than meets the eye... ** Come on down to camp to get an introduction to the Vex IQ Robotics system. This day-long session / open space will cover the basics of the system, outline the tools available and allow you to spend some hands-on time with Vex IQ Robots. Teams will work throughout the conference to build and program a Vex IQ robot to perform specific tasks and earn badge [ribbons] along their path to robotics mastery. Schedule: -Overview and Presentation of the Vex IQ system -FOR PARENTS: Why Robots are Cool: A parent's perspective -Break for lunch on your own (~11:30AM - 12:30PM, camp room closed) -Team Formation -Goal Announcements -Guided Builder Space Important Notes: Participants will get the opportunity to work directly with VexIQ robotics kits during the sessions, but will NOT receive a kit to bring home with them. There will be a limited number of kits available for purchase by camp attendees on a first-come, first-served basis at the end of the conference. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with the Robot Virtual Worlds software and the Robot-C development environment. There will be a limited number of 'camp stations' providing access to the software. Attendees who wish to use their own hardware should bring along a laptop. All kits and camp-owned computing resources will only be available during normal session times. Attendees are encouraged to partake of the other great conference experiences outside of the normal session time slots.