TechLabs @ Maison de la Paix
Conveniently and centrally located in the city of Geneva, The Graduate Institute Geneva will be host to our 2018 summer camps. The recently constructed and prestigious Maison de la Paix buildings provide us large, open atriums and lots of natural light. Just steps from the city-center, the United Nations and related organizations, and Lake Geneva. The campus provides an on-site outdoor space for “unplugged time” activities, and for working with our outdoor oriented STEAM curriculae. In addition, we are just a few short minutes walk from the lakefront Parc Mon Repos picnics and activities. Week-long, full and half-day (Monday-Friday) programs during the month of July.
Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202, Genève
Children will be working with Sumo Robot League (SRL) and MakeBlock Robots. SRL and MakeBlock are scalable STEM education platforms using a competitive robotics curriculum for 8–16 year old children. The program provides hands on lessons that give students the opportunity to build a robot using: electrical circuits, 3D print adaptive and custom decorative components, skill-level appropriate code development platforms, and code sensor-based autonomous response algorithms. Children will be using the C++ programming language, and Scratch for younger participants. In addition, the robot kits are expandable to include exercises in mobile app development, machine learning (AI), and the internet of things.
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
Tools: MakeBlock, SumoRobotLeague, Arduino, C++, Scratch, TinkerCAD, 3D Printing
What You Take Home: TechLabs USB Stick with C++/Scratch sketches, STL models of 3D designs developed during the class, Battle Robot
Does your child dream of airplanes and flying machines? Do they spend their spare time doodling aircraft or rocket designs? This camp is made just for them! The Flight or Rocketry curriculum are designed for one week each. We’ll be using the FliteTest STEM platform, Workbench Education Sphero/drone projects, and the European Space Agency’s rocketry program for kids. We’ll be learning about propulsion, aerodynamics, computerized airframe design, and the basics of flight while building our own take-home aircraft. Our drone platforms are for more than just flying: we’ll film our activities using POV cameras, and in our down time, organize drone races. In the rocketry module, children will build rockets that can fly using various propulsion systems, add custom 3D printed parts, learn about telemetry and complete flight and landing missions.
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
Tools: FliteTest, Parrot, Sphero, ESA Rocketry
What You Take Home: TechLabs USB Stick with design files, flight media, airplane, rocket builds
When you build your own BB8-style robot its a lot more fun! When you use Legos, its even easier and provides ample opportunity to experiment and improve your design and performance. And once its finished, we can race or compete using them against our camp-mates. How about making ball-sorters or your very own invention using Sam Labs gear? If movies or videos are your interest we have Go-Pros, 3D Fabrication, Drones and Stop Motion Film Making Equipment and editing software to help you make your own .GIFs, YouTube videos or stand-alone movies. Project Based Learning is the guiding principle for this camp, and is geared towards younger campers.
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Tools: SamLabs, Lego, Scratch, Drones
What You Take Home: DIY Remote Control BB8 Robot