Please review the following prior to registering for camp.
This is probably our most popular program every year where campers will learn and use CAD(OnShape.com) to laser cut and 3D print parts. We have added a HAAS 3 axis CNC Machine, 5 axis CNC Machine, Maslow CNC and a ShaperBot and will be focused on projects with a wide range of interest. Project focus will be on video game console, furniture and jewelry making. Campers in multiple weeks of the program will be able to pay an additional fee to cover the cost of material and/or electronics(Raspberry PI and joystick controls) for the video game console if they would like to take it home. This was a very popular project last year and integrates a range of skills learned in camp.
The VR game development in last year’s camp was very popular and we were amazed at the projects created by the campers. A prerequisite for this program is the ability to CAD a 3D part which can then be imported into Unity which does a great job of minimizing complicated programming to do basic VR applications. We will encourage individual projects of personal interest. Given the popularity of the video game Fortnite, we will challenge the VR class to model and create the Fortnite game in VR.
Raspberry PI and Arduino have redefined what is possible for low cost but powerful embedded systems. Campers will work through the core concepts of using Raspberry PI and Python to control external circuits and work with a range of add-on boards (HATS) that allow for external input/output/control motors and servos. Raspberry PI has become a very popular platform for running old school video games (Space Invaders, Asteroids, Galaga, PacMan etc) and provides a fun project to learn system admin skills. Those in multiple weeks of camp will have the ability to install the software and in the CAD week design and construct a custom video camp cabinet. For an additional fee, to cover the cost of electronics and material, the video game cabinet can be taken home. For those attending multiple weeks of camp who want to continue working in this area we will use OpenCV to do object detection from a Raspberry PI video camera as an alternate input for controlling classic video games.
With the introduction of the TechGarage Robot Drone League last year we are bringing back the drones. This is a fun way to learn the basics of programming using Python to control a drone. The goal will be to control the drone with a joystick and use the drone video camera for autonomous flights using OpenCV.
It has been several years since we’ve offered a competitive robotics week at camp. Campers will be grouped in teams of two and have one week to build a robot based on a game challenge. Robots will be built with the Actobotics build platform and Raspberry PI programmed with Python. Campers new to TechGarage will benefit from taking the Programming or Raspberry PI module.
Beginning camp is designed for students who are just getting started and have a passion for technology. We have four structured programs where campers will be in one class in the morning and a different class in the afternoon. If a camper attends two weeks they will be able to complete all four programs. For campers who sign up for all four weeks we will work with them and based on their ability will assign them to an advanced camp program while we try to accommodate their interest. We have no shortage of fun and engaging programs.
Electronics – Arduino microprocessor and breadboarding of electronics, LittleBits a fun build system that allows building of custom circuits and devices. Soldering of electronics kits that students may take home.
Computer Aided Design(CAD)– Campers will use OnShape to CAD parts that can be laser cut or 3D printed with a focus on robotics, art projects, jewelry and furniture.
Building-We have a couple options based on interest. Campers will be able to do build a robot to compete in weekly challenge or SeaPerch for underwater robotics.