Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Maine Robotics/USM

Filter by Category



Our Classes

zTemplate
Online Registration Unavailable

zTemplate

$150
Calendar Jul 11, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

 

Open to ages

 

2021 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON WITH THE OPTION OF ONLINE ATTENDANCE. IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMP WILL BE ONLINE THIS SUMMER.

Click here to see the 2021 Online Camp FAQ

Click here to see the Camp Policy and Form Pages

Click here to see the Shipping Options

 

zzPlaying with Language - Portland2
Registration Unavailable

zzPlaying with Language - Portland2

$325

with Dana McDaniel

Do you like to think about language?

  • Where it comes from
  • What your brain is doing when you use language
  • How many languages there are
  • How computers understand language
  • Whether animals use language

In the Playing with Language camp, we’ll do some activities and experiments about language, including these:

  • Campers will work with some of the tools that linguists use to learn about language:
    • A computer application that makes images of speech (spectrograms), where you can ‘see’ what speech looks like
    • An eye-tracker, which follows the movements of people’s eyes while they look at pictures and listen to language
  • Campers will make up their own languages, like Klingon in ‘Star Trek’
  • Campers will play games with Siri and Google Translate and other language apps
  • Campers will practice learning another language using Duolingo
  • We will visit Smiling Hill Farm to observe animal communication
  • We will go on a language scavenger hunt in Portland 

Language is at the center of human society and is one of the most amazing feats of the human brain. But we use language so naturally that we almost never think about it. This camp is an excellent opportunity for the youth to learn about language and to get a basic introduction to the science of linguistics.

1 field trip to Smiling Hill Farm to see animal communication

and 1 field trip to downtown Portland for the language scavenger hunt

Open to ages 9 to 12

Minimum number of campers: 8

Maximum number of campers: 12

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

Click here for Camp FAQ Page

Click here for Camp Policy and Forms Page

3D Printing and Design - Portland3

$675

with Tom Pitman

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Did you ever wonder how people made all those cool 3D objects? Whether board game pieces or parts of a machine, these parts start as an idea in your imagination, then turned into a 3D object on a computer, and finally are printed on a 3D printer.   At the 3D Design and Printing Camp you’ll do all of these things AND build and take home your own 3D printer! Learn the basics of 3D design using SketchUp or TinkerCAD; save your designs and then export them to the 3D printer.

For 2022 we're looking at either the Ender 3 Pro with the auto leveling kit or the Ender 3 Pro V2, but it's too early to see which one will in budget come the spring and which one will be available. Maybe we'll get lucky and be able to do the Ender 3 Pro V2 AND the auto leveler.

Learn about calibrating the machines; starting and finishing the print; fixing errors; and all the details that make 3D printing both challenging and rewarding.  At the end of the week you get to take home your new printer, all the cool things you’ve created, even some 3D filament to use!

Open to ages 12 to 16.

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

Click here to see the Camp FAQs Page

Click here to see the Policies and Forms Page

Full Course

Build Your Own Computer - Augusta3

$900

with Dale Burbank

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

2022 NOTE: Computers, electronics, and computer parts have all been hit hard by the global supply chain issues. What this means is that costs continue to rise far faster than the rest of the economy and this is coupled with companies not releasing their older computers (for the used market) as they wait for new computer costs to drop. This means that we simply can't offer the rock-bottom costs that we have had in the past. But it is forcing us to build a better computer, so a mix of good and bad.

---------------------------------------------

Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? This camp is for youth who want to build and test their own computer. We will be posting the specs of the computer by the end of May. We will be checking with prices early in spring to maximize performance for your build (within our budget). ​ Each camper will use surplus and new parts that will be provided in order to build a fully functional personal computer.

Included in the computer will be: Case and power supply (min 500 watt); motherboard and CPU; CPU fan; 8 GB of DDR4 RAM; keyboard and mouse; WiFi adapter; monitor; solid state drive; a licensed copy of  Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. These will be very solid desktop or mini-tower computers. If you are looking for a great gaming computer, these probably aren't them... but you'll learn what you can do to upgrade these or build a new one to meet your needs. Remember a really good gaming computer can cost over $2,000+, so don't expect to get one at our camp. BUT, it will play most games at a reasonable frame rate and at a reasonable resolution, so don't despair. This program is an excellent opportunity for the youth to learn about computer architecture and to understand how all the different parts of a computer fit together, both physically and electronically. Each camper will get to take the computer home when they are finished!

Open to ages 12 to 16.

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

Click here for Camp FAQ Page

Click here for Camp Policy and Forms Page

Full Course

LEGO Robotics, Mixed - Augusta3

$350

with Erma Colvin

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This camp is for any level of LEGO Roboteer! So if you are a rookie or a veteran this camp can take you and help move your skills forward. We start off with some basics since even the veterans have often forgotten a lot since last year, and of course some beginners are more advanced. Our camp staff try as quickly as possible to figure out which you are. Usually one staff member will be working primarily with the beginners and one primarily with the advanced, with the third floating as needed.

Open to ages 9 to 12, no experience needed. 

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

Click here for the Camp FAQs Page

Click here for the Camp Policy and Form Page

 

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $83.33, paid weekly. Final payment of $83.34.

Will run

LEGO Robotics, Mixed - Portland3

$350

with Michelle Lane

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This camp is for any level of LEGO Roboteer! So if you are a rookie or a veteran this camp can take you and help move your skills forward. We start off with some basics since even the veterans have often forgotten a lot since last year, and of course some beginners are more advanced. Our camp staff try as quickly as possible to figure out which you are. Usually one staff member will be working primarily with the beginners and one primarily with the advanced, with the third floating as needed.

Open to ages 9 to 12, no experience needed. 

 

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

 

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

 

Click here for the Camp FAQs Page

 

Click here for the Camp Policy and Form Page

 

Full Course

Programming in Minecraft - Bangor3

$375
Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

With over 110,000,000 monthly users, and over 200,000 servers running in the world (some 8,000 at any one time), Minecraft has become one of the world’s top games, and certainly the top creative game.

There are over hundreds of thousands of people playing Minecraft at any moment! You probably know lots of people who spend time creating houses, roads, towns, mines, as well as gather experience points by battling monsters (mobs). What if you could start learning how to change what you are doing, not just playing with what the game comes with?

In the Programming in Minecraft Camp we will be using the software to start learning how to modify the gaming environment. There will also be time to "just play the game", but the focus will be on learning new skills that relate to programming in the environment.

Depending on the instructor and the campers, we will also spend time with basic computer logic and an introduction to computer languages.

You do not need to have a Minecraft account, but you should bring your login information with you if you have an account so you can play as yourself.

Open to ages 10 to 14

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

Click here for the Camp FAQ Page

Click here for the Camp Policy and Form Page

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $91.66, paid weekly. Final payment of $91.68.

Will run

Programming in Minecraft - Gorham3

$375

with Sarah Cowles

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

With over 110,000,000 monthly users, and over 200,000 servers running in the world (some 8,000 at any one time), Minecraft has become one of the world’s top games, and certainly the top creative game.

There are over hundreds of thousands of people playing Minecraft at any moment! You probably know lots of people who spend time creating houses, roads, towns, mines, as well as gather experience points by battling monsters (mobs). What if you could start learning how to change what you are doing, not just playing with what the game comes with?

In the Programming in Minecraft Camp we will be using the software to start learning how to modify the gaming environment. There will also be time to "just play the game", but the focus will be on learning new skills that relate to programming in the environment.

Depending on the instructor and the campers, we will also spend time with basic computer logic and an introduction to computer languages.

You do not need to have a Minecraft account, but you should bring your login information with you if you have an account so you can play as yourself.

Open to ages 10 to 14

2022 ALL CAMPS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR IN-PERSON.

IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

Click here for the Camp FAQ Page

Click here for the Camp Policy and Form Page

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $91.66, paid weekly. Final payment of $91.68.

Will run





Forgot password?
Staff Log In