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CAMP – A ROVERS JOURNEY

JULY 19 – JULY 30 A ROVERS JOURNEY (learning made fun for all students) (Robotics, sensors, AI) We have long sought to make life easier by building devices to do work for us. Some are simple and do just one task, others are complex and make human-like decisions based on information sensed from the world around them. Come join us as we examine basic automatons and complex rovers that explore other planets and extreme environments on Earth. After gaining an understanding of the hardware, software, and concepts that govern robotics, campers will build their own robot to take a unique journey and collect information from their environment and determine their path. Creativity and skill will reveal which designs succeed at their tasks and rise to the top, and which spin aimlessly in circles. • Learn basic components of robots and how to pull them together to make a complete design • Discuss the ethical implications of building robots • Explore the strategies that separate basic commands from artificial intelligence • Experiment with different sensors to see what they can reveal about the world around us • Pit your robot against others to see which design works best • Practice the basics of coding for micro-controllers, the brains of robots • Recreational and fun activities, including exploring the gifts of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming, tubing (with professional outfitters), interacting with other local camp activities, places and... Read More
ROBOTICS CAMP – ‘A ROVER’S JOURNEY’

ROBOTICS CAMP – ‘A ROVER’S JOURNEY’

(Robotics, Sensors, Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Our STEM principled – robotics camp examines basic automatons and complex rovers that explore other planets and extreme environments on Earth. Come gain an understanding of the hardware, software, and concepts that govern robotics. Campers will build their own robot to take a unique journey and collect information from their environment, just like the rovers that collect information from the moon. Campers will work in teams and compete for best in class. Hands-on learning that utilizes science, math, and engineering. Come be a part of a Rover’s Journey. CLASSROOM – A ROVER’S JOURNEY OBJECTIVES: Learn the basic components of robots and how to pull them together to make a complete design Discuss the ethical implications of building robots Explore the strategies that separate basic commands from artificial intelligence Experiment with different sensors to see what they can reveal about the world around us Pit your robot against others to see which design works best Practice the basics of coding for micro-controllers – the brains of robots OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: Confidence & Leadership Development – outdoor team participation events Celestial Viewing – (astronomy) participate in exploring the night sky through the use of ‘research capable’ optical telescopes Recreational and Fun Activities – exploring the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips, such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming, tubing (with professional outfitters), introduction to rock climbing & rappelling (safety always paramount), activities with other local camps, visits to special places and events, and entertainment by musicians and artists. SCHEDULE: Robotics Camp – A Rover’s Journey is available... Read More
SPACE CAMP –  ‘OPERATION NEBULA’

SPACE CAMP – ‘OPERATION NEBULA’

(A good precursor to – Camp Above & Beyond) Our space camp, ‘Operation NEBULA’ is a simulated space mission that teaches leadership, teamwork, and STEM principles while exposing campers to fun and creative experiences. The camp is an exciting, immersive journey amidst our historic campus which played a critical role in the space race. We will explore a mission to Mars and to a mystery exoplanet. CLASSROOM – OPERATION NEBULA CAMP OBJECTIVES: Learn the critical components of a space mission Explore factors ranging from science objectives and physical requirements of a spacecraft to human health and safety, as well as the political and social implications of long-term missions Form teams to be responsible for one facet of a complex mission and coordinate with other teams to ensure that all teams are working to form a cohesive, successful plan Present findings and recommendations while advocating for your team’s plans to the larger group Get hands-on experience with the tools that researchers use to study space OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: Confidence Building & Leadership Development – outdoor team participation events Celestial Viewing – participate in exploring the night sky through the use of ‘research capable’ optical telescopes Recreational and Fun Activities – exploring the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips, such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming, tubing (with professional outfitters), introduction to rock climbing & rappelling (safety always paramount), activities with other local camps, visits to special places and events, and entertainment by musicians and artists. SCHEDULE: FIRST SESSION – Operation Nebula Mission to Mars: Two-week session – weeks 6/28 – 7/9/2020 Three-week... Read More
SPACE CAMP –  ‘ASTRO EXPLORER’

SPACE CAMP – ‘ASTRO EXPLORER’

Planetary geography, 3D design and printing, data and animation, communications, computational thinking OUR STEM SPACE CAMP, ‘ASTRO EXPLORER’ TAKES AN IN DEPTH LOOK INTO HOW COMPUTERS PROCESS, STORE AND WORK WITH DATA. CAMPERS WILL LEARN TECHNIQUES TO DISCOVER PATTERNS IN DATA – AND DISPLAY THEM IN VIBRANT AND CREATIVE WAYS SUCH AS ANIMATION. YOU WILL LEARN A LITTLE BIT OF CODING. EXPLORE, MAP, AND 3D PRINT THE EXACT LEGENDARY LOCATIONS THAT NEIL ARMSTRONG TOOK HIS “ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND,” AND THE MAMMOTH MARTIAN VOLCANO OLYMPUS MONS! THIS IS A LUNAR & PLANETARY INSTITUTE RECOGNIZED CAMP, WHICH NOT ONLY TEACHES 3D DESIGN AND PRINTING, BUT ALSO GIVES CAMPERS THE EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE PLANETARY GEOLOGY AND TACTILE COMMUNICATION BY UTILIZING DATA FROM NASA SATELLITES TO MODEL THE SURFACES OF THE MOON AND MARS! (LEARNING MADE FUN… IDEAL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGES) CLASSROOM – ASTRO EXPLORER OBJECTIVES: Learn basic coding to creatively show patterns in data by letting your imagination guide you Learn basic 3D modeling and printing techniques Experience different techniques we use to communicate information to others Use these techniques by learning how to work with data that represents the surface of planets Designing and creating 3D models of planetary surfaces Learn about geological differences between the Moon and Mars OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: Confidence Building & Leadership Development – outdoor team participation events Celestial Viewing – participate in exploring the night sky through the use of ‘research capable’ optical telescopes Recreational and Fun Activities – exploring the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips, such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming,... Read More
Pura Vida 3 Day Technical Canyoneering Course

Pura Vida 3 Day Technical Canyoneering Course

No prior knowledge is necessary for this course. This course is for beginners interested in learning more about canyoneering and the basic techniques involved. This program includes proper rappelling technique, basic knots and their application for canyoneering, ascending techniques, basic haul systems, canyoneering movement and an adventure canyoneering trip. . Includes both Big Bradley and other canyoneering Trips. In addition it includes an additional day of practicing canyoneering skills along cliffsides at a dry... Read More