Summer Camp Coding and Robotics

The Summer Camp Coding and Robotics Program was introduced at STEM Camp in 2020 as a result of the Ontario Ministry of Education developing a new elementary math curriculum that involves coding. Starting in grade one students now learn coding skills in order to improve their problem solving skills while developing fluency with technology. The benefits of learning to code at a young age are plentiful; that’s why STEM Camp is so excited to introduce coding to your child at summer camp! STEM camp utilizes both computer-based and hands-on coding and robotics activities to engage campers. 

Computer-Based Coding & Robotics: Computer-based activities use programs such as Minecraft to introduce campers to the fundamentals of coding.

Hands-On Coding & Robotics: On-screen coding…and…hands-on results! At STEM Camp, campers will have the opportunity to see the codes they create in action with the use of programmable robotics such as the new Micro:bit! 

Micro:bit: The BBC Micro:bit is a tiny, transportable computer (or robot) with many features including buttons, LEDs, sensors, and more that can be programmed using online coding software. Micro:bit can be programmed using visual block-based programming languages including Scratch and MakeCode or text-based programming languages including JavaScript. 

Coding and Robotics Activities Examples

Star Wars Coding & Robotics Activity – Temperatures Found in Different Star Wars Worlds

Campers go on a treasure hunt for the temperatures found in Star Wars worlds (around the camp) to find data before learning about sensors and writing programs to record the temperature from different worlds. They consider what the data they have collected shows and identify patterns.

Avengers Coding & Robotics Activity – Help Defeat Thanos!

The Avengers have landed on a foreign planet and Thanos is threatening to destroy them. They have one chance. Through a mixture of fun unplugged and programming activities related to animations, campers develop their understanding of decomposition, flowchart algorithms and repetition. They then write, program and test an animation showing volcanic eruption using the LEDs on the BBC micro:bit. The volcanic eruption will take down Thanos!

Minecraft Coding & Robotics Activity – Steve Needs A Home

Steve is running from world to world experiencing different ecosystems but he can’t find one he wants to build a house in. Campers will help Steve decide by creating nature representations, firstly using art materials and are then introduced to computational thinking and programming the LEDs on the BBC micro:bit. 

Minions Coding & Robotics Activity – Fart Gun Fart-tacular!

The Minions are hard at work in their lab again but need to sharpen their coding skills for a giant Fart Gun they are creating! To do so they will need to explore using conditions in selection through unplugged activities before writing a program to enable the BBC micro:bit to be used as a digital assistant. Campers will use their newly coded Fart Gun to help the Minions take over the world!

The Coding and Robotics Program, along with Hands-On activities, will be enjoyed by everyone who attends a week at STEM Camp.