CIJF Robotics Program is recommended for ages 7 to 14. No prior experience is needed. Students who participate Yangtze Robotics Program will have chance to attend the Junior Robotics Competition, which was held in 2002 for elementary and high school students in the Montreal area using the Lego Robotics Mind storm platform. Students are asked to program robots in order to meet a challenge designed for the competition. During the two-day event, students compete in a very dynamic, high energy and exciting environment learning team work skills in a camaraderie atmosphere.
The Robotics Program is all about having fun while constructing robots and structures. Students are introduced to the Lego MindStorms Robotics Inventions System. A child can choose to work either alone or with another child to design, build and program (using a computer or tablet) a robot that will perform a number of tasks by following lessons and activities with guidance. The weekly session is designed to introduce children to basic robotic concepts or to build on previous knowledge of the system.
Younger students who may not want to delve into the Lego Mindstorms at first, will have the opportunity to start with the Lego Education WeDo Robotics System. This is an easy-to-use system designed for beginner robotic learners. Students will then be better prepared for the Mindstorms level. The Robotics Program also includes the utilization of the Lego Science and Technology Set. With this set, students can build and explore motorized machines and gearing mechanisms.
Along with the Lego MindStorms Robotics Inventions System and the Lego Education WeDo Robotics System, students will get the opportunity to put their engineering hands to work and construct other models using a variety of products. Some of these products include the Lego Creator Monster Dino Set, the Erector (Meccano) Special Edition Dual Motor Designer Set, Mega Brands MagNext and Struxx kits and K'Nex Coaster kits.
The Robotics Program includes the utilization of a number of software applications. Along with the Lego Mindstorms visual programming software, campers will have the opportunity to use Lego Digital Designer (virtual building software), Scratch (programming language), Algodoo (2D-simulation software), ChessMaster and more. If weather permits, students are encouraged to participate in one hour of outdoor physical activity.
Students do not get to keep any of the products that are used at CIJF Robotics Program.