July 17, 2015

Additional LEGO robotics camp sessions planned

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Continuing Education and Outreach has added sessions of two of its most popular summer camps. 

There will be a LEGO MindStorms Camp for children ages 10 and older from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 27-31 in Room 310 at Quigley Hall. Campers will use the new LEGO MindStorms EV3 system to create and command robots that actually walk, talk, think and do all kinds of things. By remote control or by downloading a free smart device app, youngsters will command their robots and take them through various missions. The camp registration fee is $150. 

An additional session of the WeDo Robotics Camp, for children in grades 3-5, will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on July 27-31 in Quigley Hall, Room 310. Using LEGO Education WeDo hardware and software, students will engage in science, literacy, math and social studies learning experiences, learn to think critically, solve problems and be creative. Each unit also incorporates visual and dramatic arts, music, technology and physical education concepts. There will be challenged creative time and children will create a take-home project. The registration fee for the camp is $99. 

Jon Davey, professor of architecture, will lead the camps. He has led children’s summer camps in architecture and related fields at SIU for a quarter-century. 

Register for either or both camps at http://www.continuinged.siu.edu/camps-youth-programs/academic-programs.html or by calling 618/536-7751. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, July 22.