Maker Camp Training: Sessions with CodeJoy!

This summer, experience an exciting new opportunity with Maker Camp: Daily live interactive robotics shows with CodeJoy! About the Show: CodeJoy's revolutionary new show puts students in the driver's seat - teaching them to code, then watching as their code controls CodeJoy's cardboard robot world in real time! Join Kelsey and her robot friends, Matt the Robot, Elby, and all the rest, as we learn to code and solve interesting problems. How do robots dance? What does a robot's memory look like? How can YOU play robot mini golf? Students will code their way through these and more! Shows change weekly for 5 weeks and include:
  • Robot Mini Golf : Program real motors and play robot Mini Golf LIVE!
  • Robot Aerobics : Puppeteer live robot dancers in a robot dance class!
  • Robot Memories : Help Grandma Dotty fix her broken memories by coding motors and LEDs!
  • Robot Relaxation : Calm down some anxious robots with LEDs and breathing techniques!
About the Experience: Students log into the CodeJoy.Live site individually from a computer or Chromebook. All live video, live chat, and live coding run through the site. No special hardware, software, or experience is necessary. Students' video is off, and chats are private to the host, and no student data is saved, so all CodeJoy shows are completely secure. Participation in these 45 minute shows is limited to 50 participants each show, and with 300 affiliate Maker Camps this summer, spots will fill up quickly! Be sure to reserve your campers' spots today! Maker Camp Community Partners, attend this session to learn WHAT the show is, get an INTERACTIVE demo, and learn HOW to sign your students up to attend! Not a registered Maker Camp? Register your Maker Camp today.

Teaching STEAM and Robotics with Micro:bit

Are you an educator eager to bring your students better lessons and more reach content to help them develop 21st Century Skills? Learn how to motivate and guide your students creating and teaching some easy and great STEAM related projects and add some major fun with robotics to your school or online classes. Join us on this workshop to learn everything you will need to start teaching STEAM content and robotics with Micro:bit, the most popular education platform for students from 6 to 15 years old. Learn with our Micro:bit Champion coach designated by the Micro:bit Foundation for the 2021 program. What you will get: Information about microcontrollers, actuators and sensors and how to use them on school projects. Teaching advice and example lessons. Personal support from the instructor after the workshop. Who is it for: Educators, homeschooling parents and makers.

Build & Program a Robot Arm in a Weekend!

Join us for this in-person workshop at Circuit Launch where you will build and program a robot arm in just one weekend! Over two days, you will build a 3 degree-of-freedom (3DOF) robot arm, then run software on it from a Raspberry Pi to pick up objects. This class is for those looking to take their first plunge into the world of robotics. You will learn the basics of several key robotics concepts including mechanical design, rapid-prototyping, electronics and microcontrollers, sensors and actuators, and programming with ROS, the Robot Operating System.

What will you learn?

At Circuit Launch we love to learn by doing and our project based approach underpins all our education programs. In this two day program you will learn how to:
  • Assemble and test the mechanical components (stepper motors, bearings, belts etc)
  • Integrate and test sensors
  • Learn how stepper motors work and how to program them
  • Learn how to set up and put firmware on an Arduino microcontroller
  • Assemble and test the electronics, including how to power the system
  • Connect a microcontroller and control it over serial from a Raspberry Pi
  • Connect to the arm using the Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Learn how to program a homing sequence for the arm
  • Use inverse kinematics algorithms to pilot the arm
  • Teleoperate the arm from your keyboard
  • Create motion plans and play them on the arm
  • Pick and place an object
  • Visualize your arm motions on a computer monitor
The registration fee includes 2 days of tuition, students aged 12-18 are free with a paying adult (1 kit per pair). You have the option to take the robot arm home for an additional $150 with Raspberry Pi4 ($110 if you bring or use your own Pi4).

Saturday 17 July Schedule

10am - 12pm: Intro to main topics, key resources and start mechanical assembly. 12pm: Lunch break (bring your lunch or buy lunch nearby). 1pm - 4pm: Finish mechanical assembly, electrical assembly, test stepper motors, test switches.

Sunday 18 July Schedule

10am - 12pm: Crash course in Robot Operating System (ROS) 12pm: Lunch break. 1pm - 4pm: Robot arm teleoperation, inverse kinematics, creating animation, pick & place an object.

Special Notice: COVID-19

Students enrolled in this class will be required to wear masks at all times indoors regardless of vaccination status or current CDC or County guidelines. All surfaces will be sanitized and we have Molekule Air Filtering machines in the Lab workspace.  

Introduction to Arduino and Robotics

This program will introduce the participant to the basics of Arduino microcontrollers, breadboards, electronics, programming and robotics. They will learn about analog and digital inputs and outputs, basic sensors, motors, and building an obstacle avoidance robot using the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit version 4.1. This workshop is at the novice level but will require participants to get the kit on their own and do the pre-work.