Preparing young innovators for future STEM jobs

Summer Camp 2018


Summer Camps will be offered at Vincentian Academy, 8100 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237

(Entrance is on Peebles Rd. Use the following address for GPS: 8059 Peebles Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237)

Sessions will run from Monday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm


COST: $330/student per session 

Includes $30 non-refundable fee

$30 discount to siblings and multi-campers


Session   Program  






A. 6/18 - 6/22   Makerspace and Tynker II   4 and 5   10 seats available
B. 6/18 - 6/22   Coding with Drones and Introduction to EV3   5 and 6   8 seats available
C. 6/25 - 6/29  
Build Cool Projects with Lego EV3
  3 and 4   1 seat available
D. 6/25 - 6/29   VEX IQ Robotics   6, 7 and 8   6 seats available
E. 7/9 - 7/13   Lego WeDo 2.0 and Tynker I   2 and 3   9 seats available
F. 7/9 - 7/13   Advanced Robotics with Lego EV3 (*)  

5, 6 and 7

  FULL (waiting list)
G. 7/16 - 7/20   Makerspace and Tynker II   4 and 5   9 seats available
H. 7/16 - 7/20   Coding with Drones and Introduction to EV3   5 and 6   4 seats available
K. 7/30 - 8/3   Build Cool Projects with Lego EV3   3 and 4   10 seats available
L. 7/30 - 8/3   VEX IQ Robotics   6, 7 and 8   11 seats available
M. 8/6 - 8/10   Lego WeDo 2.0 and Tynker I   2 and 3   10 seats available
N. 8/6 - 8/10   Advanced Robotics with Lego EV3 (*)   5, 6 and 7   FULL (waiting list)


(*) Advanced Robotics with Lego EV3 has the following pre-requisite requirements:

    Introduction to EV3 offered in conjuction with Coding with Drones, or Robotics with EV3 camp offered in 2017.




Lego WeDo 2.0 & Tynker Programming I 

Week of July 9 and August 6th for rising grades 2 and 3


This camp is designed to engage elementary students in the science, technology, engineering and computer programming fields. Students work in pairs on themed projects such as rescue helicopter, bee pollinator, racing cars, recycling trucks, and earthquake simulators. They use motors, sensors, and a variety of mechanical elements to build, modify, and program to bring their creations to life. Students will also be introduced to Tynker Programming, a visual computer language used to create games and animations on a simple drag-and-drop environment. They will learn the basics of programming language such as sequences of commands, conditional structures, and loops. Students will exercise creativity, problem solving, and critical and logical thinking while working collaboratively, sharing experiences, and completing several hands-on activities. Register Here.

Build Cool Projects with Lego EV3 Robotics Week of June 25th and July 30th for rising grades 3 to 4


Imagine a robotics kit that can take any shape you want. The EV3 kit with the intelligent brick and sensors can be used to build fascinating robots like rovers, Rubik's cube solver, a crushing claw spider, a Star War R2D2 clone, a humanoid robot, and several others. Students will first build a rover-like robot and program it to move and turn accurately and use sensors to detect obstacles and objects of different colors. They will then be exposed to the fundamentals of programming blocks such as loops, conditional operations, and the use of variables to store sensor values. After mastering the basics of Lego EV3 building and programming, students will select, build, and program a robot of their choice. Students will exercise creativity, problem solving, and critical and logical thinking while working collaboratively, sharing experiences, and completing hands-on activities. Register Here.

Makerspace & Tynker Programming II

Week of June 18th  and July 16th for rising grades 4 to 5


This camp will encourage students to design, experiment, invent, build several hands-on projects, and use computer programming blocks to create games, puzzles, animations, and fly drones. They will be divided in small groups and rotate through several Makerspace stations where they can create a Droid with LittleBits and use the Force (sensors) to control it; connect Tynker with Mambo Drones and use logic of programming to solve a series of aerial challenges; program Ozobots using paper and markers to solve fun mazes and games; and build numerous projects using Lego Technic motors and sensors. The second part of this program will focus on Tynker Programming, a visual programming language similar to Scratch from MIT and Alice from CMU. They will learn the basics of computer programming by creating games, puzzles, and animations in a creative, interactive, and fun environment. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and computer programming skills. Register Here.  

Coding with Drones and Lego Robots

Weeks of June 18th and July 16th for rising grades 5 to 6


This program is designed to engage students in computer programming while experimenting with Drones and Robots. Students will program drones to maneuver and transport objects in the air. They will be presented with a series of challenges and play several aerial games using the logic of programming language. Students will also have the opportunity to build a robot using LEGO motors and sensors, and use visual blocks to program the robots to move, sense the environment by detecting obstacles and surfaces of different colors. They will be exposed to the fundamentals of computer programming such as loops, conditional operators, and use of variables to store sensor values. This program is recommended for students interested in solving fun programming challenges using drones and robots, while working with teams to collaborate, learn and share experiences. Register Here.

Advanced Robotics with Lego EV3

Week of July 9th and August 6th for rising grades 5 to 7


This program is designed for middle school students who want to learn advanced building and computer programming using the Lego EV3 Mindstorms controller and equipment. They will be challenged to think like scientist and engineers to build, test and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. They will learn fundamentals of Lego Technic elements, motors, sensors, and different types of wheels to build a robot taking into consideration center of gravity, torque, gearing, and appropriate balance of speed and strength. Robots will be submitted to several accuracy tests to identify improvement cycles where alternatives are considered, tested, and the designs are improved. Students will learn advanced programming using the EV3 software include creation of several reusable functions (MyBlocks) such as move a set distance, sensor calibrations, and line following. The program includes the use of advanced programming concepts such as proportional control, debugging, and decision-making techniques. This program is recommended for students with previous experience in building and programming with Lego EV3, preferably students who are part of an FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team or intend to participate in a FLL tournament in the future. Register Here.

VEX IQ Robotics

Weeks of June 25th and July 30th for rising grades 6 to 8


This program will engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They will learn key concepts of machine and motions and build and program with VEX IQ robots. Students will build their first robot by connecting and pairing the controller and the robot brain, and by using the VEX IQ sensors: touch, distance, color, gyro and touch LED. They will learn how to program using fundamentals of RobotC, a C-based programming language used to command a robot. This will include the use of conditional statements, Boolean operations, loops, functions, and how to use sensor feedback to control the robot’s motion. They will be challenged to work in teams of two students to design, build and program a robot. Pairs will form Alliances and play against opposing Alliances in a 12’ x 12’ square field with matches consisting of autonomous and driven-controlled periods. Students will immerse in STEM and exercise lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and communication. Register Here.

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