This past summer Siena College held robotics camps for children ages 7 – 12. They were a huge success, with children learning how to build and program robots, plus, understand the physics behind the movements. Working with NXT can be fun, but challenging. To keep up the interest behind the mechanics, each camp had a storyline that the kids were following. Every day of camp involved reading a chapter of an adventure, with the challenge of the day reflecting what the characters were facing in the story. It highlighted what robots can be used for in real life (underwater, outer-space.)
For the campers, it was a fun week. However, for my two children and the camp director’s two children, that camp took a year to put together as part of their creative writing program. That’s right- a summer robotics camp was constructed by children for children. No wonder it worked so well. How did this come about? How does creative writing tie into robots?
Read the answer to Rebecca Angel’s questions over at GeekMom.