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Computer Science Robotics Camp

  • 07/24/2017
  • 07/27/2017
  • 4 sessions
  • 07/24/2017, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM
  • 07/25/2017, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM
  • 07/26/2017, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM
  • 07/27/2017, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM
  • Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines Iowa
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This is an introduction to robotics camp using Scratch block-based programming language and the Finch educational robot created by Carnegie Mellon University. This class also uses the paired programming method in which students work collaboratively in teams of two. Lessons include an introduction to Finch, using the Finch with Scratch, remote controlling a robot, sensory feedback and information processing. Instruction, unplugged activities and hands-on projects that use coding, mathematics and problem solving include:

  1. Motors, movement, distance and loops
  2. DrawBots
  3. LEDs and RGB color model
  4. Sounds and frequencies
  5. Remote control robot tag
  6. Serial and parallel processing
  7. Temperature sensing and conversion
  8. Obstacle and light sensing, boolean variables, conditionals
Registration includes use of Finch robots, computers and accessories as well as materials. Students will also receive daily snacks and camp souvenirs. 


  • Youth ages 9 and above
  • Experience with keyboard and mouse
  • Completed online registration form
  • Prior experience with Scratch required

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and is available for free at scratch.mit.edu

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