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New Orleans-area 2018 summer camp guide: Robotics/computers 

click to enlarge A camper designs a 3-D character at Delgado’s DigiCamp.

A camper designs a 3-D character at Delgado’s DigiCamp.


ROBOTICS/COMPUTERS

Aquatic Robotics Camp
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, (985) 845-9200; www.lpbmm.org/learn/aquatic-robotics
Ages: 11-15 years old, coed
Dates: June 11-15 & 25-29, July 9-13
Tuition: $395
Each camper will construct an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with lights, a camera and monitor that he or she will take home at the end of camp. There also will be ROV demonstrations, presentations, videos and field trips to ROV facilities in the area.

Camp Invention
Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies, 6201 Camphor St., Metairie; Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies, 201 Metairie Road, Metairie; www.campinvention.org
Ages: Kindergarten-sixth grade, coed
Dates: May 28-June 1
Tuition: $225
The five-day camp presented by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office promotes invention and innovation using hands-on activities incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the end of the program, each camper will take home two personalized robots. Programs include Optibot, a self-driving robot that senses changes in light; robotic pet vet in which campers nurse a robotic puppy back to health and design dog parks; Mod My Mini Mansion, in which campers design a smart home; and Stick To It, where campers build their own prototypes and craft solutions to problems in the real world.

Camp Invention
Ursuline Academy, 2635 State St.; www.campinvention.org
Ages: First-sixth grades, girls
Dates: June 4-8
Tuition: $250
Presented by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the camp uses hands-on activities incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics to develop inventions. At the end of the program, each camper will take home two personalized robots. Programs include Optibot, a self-driving robot that senses changes in light; robotic pet vet, where campers nurse a robotic puppy back to health and design dog parks; Mod My Mini Mansion, in which campers design a smart home; and Stick To It, where campers build their own prototypes and craft solutions to problems in the real world.   

Core Element Intro to LEGO EV3 Robotics Camp
University of New Orleans Oliver St. Pe Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 280-5715; www.core4kids.org
Ages: 10-13 years old, coed
Dates: July 16-20
Tuition: $350
Campers learn to build and program autonomous robots using LEGO EV3 and Mindstorms software.

Core Element Arduino Microcomputer Programming
University of New Orleans Oliver St. Pe Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 280-5715; www.core4kids.org
Ages: Eighth-12th grade, coed
Dates: July 23-27
Tuition: $350
Campers will learn the basics of electronics and will be introduced to microcomputer programming using an Arduino, which can combine components such as lights, motors and sensors and can expand the capabilities of LEGO EV3 robots.

Core Element Jr. STEM Camp
University of New Orleans Oliver St. Pe Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 280-5715; www.core4kids.org
Ages: Third-fourth grade, coed
Dates: June 25-29
Tuition: $350
Campers will use STEM applications for engineering and programming and will develop teamwork and critical-thinking skills. Campers will use LEGO WEDO robotics kits and build models incorporating working motors and sensors. They also will program their models to complete specific tasks. Campers also will explore electronics, circuits and creative design.

Junior Aquatic Engineers Summer Camp
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, (985) 845-9200; www.pbmm.org/learn/aquatic-robotics
Ages:9-10 years old, coed
Dates: July 23-27
Tuition: $195
Campers are introduced to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities in the maritime setting - and will construct a submersible submarine to take home. There are demonstrations, field trips and other maritime activities.

NOLA Tech Camp at St. George's
St. George's Episcopal School, 923 Napoleon Ave., (504) 891-5509; www.stgeorgesepiscopal.com/Nola-Tech-Camp/34711
Ages: Fifth-eighth grades, coed
Dates: July 30-Aug. 3
Tuition: $325
Campers will learn programming and engineering for the EV3 and Sphero environments and apply their new skills. They also will design 3-D models and print them in plastic and will learn coding basic used for designing websites and will learn about software applications for photo editing and making videos.

St. Paul's VEX Robotics Camp St. Paul's School, 917 S. Jahncke Ave., Room 111, Covington, (985) 516-2761; www.stpauls.com
Ages: Fifth-sixth grade, boys
Dates: To be determined
Tuition: $150
Teachers Julie Beck and Marie Childs teach children at the weeklong, half-day morning camp to design a working robot and use engineering and physics principles to improve its performance. The camp also teaches different approaches to solving problems, as well as team-building skills.




GENERAL/VARIED OFFERINGS

OVERNIGHT CAMPS/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

SPECIAL NEEDS

SPECIALTY CAMPS
Academics | Art | Culinary arts | Cheerleading
Fashion | Language Immersion | Music/dance
Photography/videography | Robotics/computers
Science/nature

SPORTS/FITNESS
Baseball/Softball | Basketball
Football | Gymnastics/tumbling | Other/variety of sports
Soccer | Volleyball | Theater/drama | Video games

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