FAQ

Here is a list of frequently asked questions and answers

  • I registered where are the forms and documents that I may need?

All forms and documents will be emailed to the registrant 1-2 weeks prior to the event. They are also available on our site https://robocamp.rit.edu/forms-docs/

  • I need to cancel my registration what is your refund policy?

4-weeks+priortoevent: Refund available, subject to $150.00 processing fee.

2-4weekspriortoevent: Refund available, subject to $250.00 processing fee.

< 2 weeks prior to event: NO REFUND

  • Does my student need to have their own Lego Mindstorms NXT kit to participate in the event?

No, all kits are provided by the Multi-Agent Bio-RoboticsLabratory(MABL) at RIT.

  • What level camp is my student?

To better assess what level your student is at please first read the camp details.  For further or special situations please email Shitij Kumar (inforobocamp@rit.edu).

  • Can my student bring their own legos?

Unfortunately no. Toensurethekitsstayintactwe can’t allowforoutsidelegostobebrought to the event.Alsothisinsuresa fair advantage to all students through the week when they complete the mini and final challenges.

  • Does my student need prior experience?

Not for the Beginner camp currently offered. For the Advanced camp, prior experience is required. For the Expert camp experience with electronics is suggested.

  • Where do I mail my check to?

Please do not mail your checks. Please bring them with you on the first day of RoboCamp. Also, please be sure that checks are made out to “MABL”.

  • Will my student be working alone or in a group?

Students are paired up on the first day of RoboCamp. They will work together during the projects and in the competition. If you would like to request a partner please specify in the comments section on the registration page.

  • Is there a mailing list?

Yes, please email Shitij Kumar (inforobocamp@rit.edu) and request to be added to the mailing list. Also if you are on the mailing list by accident please notify us.

  • What level of camp during Robocamp the student register for?

Level of Difficulty : K-5 Camp < Beginner < Advanced < Expert

We use Mindstorm Lego NXT Robots for K-5 Camp, Beginner and Advanced.The expert camp focuses on teaching students to assemble and build a robot from hardware components, solder and wire circuit boards and program Arduino Microcontrollers to control their robot.

K-5 Camp

For K-5 camp, students from kindergarten to 5th grade can register for the camp. Here along with teaching robotics, indoor games and competitions using the robots are given more importance. We have volunteers and instructors helping the students assemble and program their robot. There is also a camp counselor who is a certified NY teacher who manages the K-5 camp.

The camp is from 9 AM to4PMfrom Mon- Friday. We provide Lunch, but if the student has specific needs, food allergies or restrictions, we recommend parents to provide them with lunch.

  • What if the student has previous experience with Legos or Lego Robots?

 If the student is under 3rd Grade, we generally do not recommend registering him for a higher-level camp, even if they have previous experience with Legos. However, if a student wants to register for a higher-level camp, please email at inforobocamp@rit.edu and ask the Robocamp Coordinator. For students in 3rd Grade or higher can register for a higher-level camp if they have previous experience with Lego robots.

Beginner Camp

For Beginner camp, the general age group of students registering is from 4th to 8th grade (this is not a restriction). Here the basic principles of robotics are taught using Lego robots to students. Students work in teams and are required to complete tasks everyday based on what they have learned. We have competitions like robot racing, line following, and maze solving using the Lego robots. We have volunteers and instructors helping the students. The instructors are RIT Graduate Students, and the volunteers are RIT undergraduates and high school students with experience working with Lego Robots.

The camp is from 9 Am to4PMfrom Mon- Friday. We provide Lunch, but if the student has specific needs, food allergies or restrictions, we recommend parents to provide them with lunch.

  • What if the student has previous experience with Lego Robots or has already done the Beginner Camp?

 We recommend registering for a higher level camp i.e. Advanced only if the student is confident in his/her programming and basic building abilities of Lego robots. Advanced camp is a difficult camp and we presume that the student has experience building and programming robot.

Every year we have new tasks and competitions for each of our Robocamps. So even if you have done a Beginner camp before or have done a similar camp , questions, there is always something new to learn every year in the camp. So you can always re-register, or register to refresh your skills and challenge the new tasks and competition.Questions, please email at inforobocamp@rit.edu and ask the Robocamp Coordinator.

Advanced Camp

For Advanced camp, the general age group of students registering is from 5th to 10th grade (this is not a restriction). Here the advanced principles of robotics are taught using Lego robots to students. Students work in teams and are required to complete taskseveryday based on what they havelearnt. The students are taught mechanical design principles (speed and torque), new programming concepts and applications of using these robots. We have volunteers and instructors helping and guiding the students. The instructors are RIT GraduateStudents , and the volunteers are RIT undergraduates and high school students with experience working with Lego Robots.

The camp is from 9 Am to4PMfrom Mon- Friday. We provide Lunch, but if the student has specific needs, food allergies or restrictions, we recommend parents to provide them with lunch.

  • What if the student is good with Lego Robots or has already done the Advanced Camp?

 Every year we have new tasks and competitions for each of our Robocamps. So even if you have done an Advanced camp before or have done a similar camp , there is always something new to learn every year in the camp. So you can always re-register, or register to refresh your skills and challenge the new tasks and competition.

If you donot want to use Lego Robots and learn how to build robots using Microcontrollers and other hardware components, we recommend registering for a higher level camp i.e. Expert. If you have questions , please email at inforobocamp@rit.edu and ask the Robocamp Coordinator.

Expert Camp

For Expert camp, the general age group of students registering is from 7th to 10th grade (this is not a restriction). . The expert camp focuses on teaching students to assemble and build a robot from hardware components, solder and wire circuit boards and program Arduino Microcontrollers (C++, C) to control their robot.

The camp is from 9 Am to 4PM from Mon- Friday. We provide Lunch, but if the student has specific needs, food allergies or restrictions, we recommend parents to provide them with lunch.

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