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|Engineering Technologies Academy (Robotics)
Engineering Technologies Academy (Robotics)-Advanced
Staff fee: $225
Must have encampment credit when you apply
How well do you understand the world around you and how it works? Have you ever thought that it would be great to change the way that the world is, and alter it to suit your demands? That's where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) come into play. At the E-TECH (Robotics) NCSA, you will use them all through a series of hands-on experience centered around the Engineering and Technology of Robotics.
This event will take place at Camp Pendleton, California. Over the course of the week you will:
- Explore techniques to engineer solid and durable structures
- Build custom bridges to optimize load capability and weight, and test them to point of failure
- Experiment with gearing for torque and speed
- Construct linkages to convert motion from one form to another
- Adapt a common robotic platform to perform multiple tasks
- Utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to experiment, prototype, and document your work
- Engineer and construct your own racing robot and remote control
- Write programs to allow your bot to operate fully autonomously and interact with others at a "Robot Party"
- Design and build your own robotic fly-by-wire airplane cockpit demonstrator
- Engineer, construct, and operate your own "Combat Robot," and try to defeat all your rivals in the ring
The evenings will be filled with movies, a genuine California Beach Party (with water sports, bonfire, and barbecue), and other surprises! You'll also have a week-long creative project where your team will be free to engineer and construct a robot that does something amazing to impress the other teams.
The activity will be built around small teams of four, with an experienced cadet mentor assigned to help only when necessary. Every member of every team will gain hands-on experience in designing, testing, building, operating, and documenting their robotic builds throughout the week. Each team will start with identical sets of state of the art Mindstorms EV3 components, and will be limited only by the imagination and skill that they utilize in solving a series of mini-competition events throughout the week. The course is open to expert robot builders or first-timers with no experience with robotics at all. Everyone will benefit from a ground-up instructional program and set of activities that will have you not only learn HOW to engineer robots, but understand WHY you do things in certain ways to ensure solid, reliable, and predictable performance.
This will be an incredibly fast-paced and hands-on activity where you will be busy all the time trying to earn the Academy Championship by engineering and building the best solutions all week long. Personal/Free time will be limited to only one hour per day! The rest is all work, but it’s really fun work.
There is an “Advanced Track” open to returning students from the 2015 or 2016 NCSA, or other exceptionally qualified candidates (must be evaluated and approved by the activity directors.) This program will provide a mix of delving deeper into prior exercises and exploring new challenges. If you have attended twice already, we would love for you to consider coming back as a staff member.
If you seek to have a better understanding of the mechanical world, and gain actual experience doing things that engineers and technologists do in order to overcome the new challenges that they face every day, then come and join us. We're going to have a great time!
Lt Col John DiGiantomasso, CAP
Lt Col Ken Hartwell, CAP