Students to Run STEM Camp

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MIDDLETON–Kids teaching kids! While many parents worry about online learning, these teens are embracing it. When Middleton High School students belonging to Wisconsin's BadgerBOTS robotics team learned that they would not have in-person summer classes, they decided to create their own two-week, online lessons in Photoshop, Java programming, and CAD for kids aged 13-18. Without a pipeline of kids learning STEM skills, FRC Team 1306 worried they wouldn’t have enough students interested in robotics to continue in competitions.

Course DescriptionsNo prior knowledge or experience required

CAD and 3D Printing 101, July 20-July 31:

Throughout this course students will be using OnShape, the same Computer Aided Design (CAD) software that is used by a wide variety of companies such as Nvidia and Trek. Students will first learn the basics of OnShape, a web-based CAD software. This portion of the course will teach students all the essential tools that OnShape offers, such as how to sketch, extrude, and assemble a project. Next, students will apply this knowledge to the next part of the course: 3D printing. This involves learning how to convert CAD models into g-code, the code that allows 3D printers to “read” CAD models, using a software called Cura. In the end, students will be able to send their own CAD models to be 3D-printed; the final model will be processed and shipped by the BadgerBOTS team. Throughout this two-week course, students will engage in exciting projects which will include CADing a water bottle, 3D printing their name, and applying what they learned to bring their creative ideas to life. 

JAVA Programming, Aug. 3-14:

It’s one thing to use your devices, but what about learning how they work? Without instructing our devices using code, performing something as simple as typing a letter would not be possible. In this two-week course, students will use the free and simple software jGRASP. The two-week long course will start out simple by teaching basic JAVA input-output commands, and will progress into more abstract topics such as basic syntax structures. Throughout the course, students will test their knowledge by working on fun mini-projects, such as Mad-Libs. By the end, they will have adequate knowledge of JAVA programming to create their own personality quiz to express their creativity.

Photoshop, Aug. 17-21:

Photoshop is an all-in-one software that serves as a creative tool; it allows artists to do everything from touching up photos to creating paintings. In this immersive Adobe Photoshop 101 course, students will learn the basics of how to navigate the software and eventually create their own pieces of digital art. Starting with learning about manipulating layers and transforming images, students will create their own meme. Later on, students will be equipped with the knowledge to let their creativity flow and design their own logo or promotional poster for a fictional company. For all types of students, this course introduces lifelong skills that are involved in jobs such as graphic design, marketing, or even creating professional presentations. NOTE: students are responsible for obtaining a free trial of Photoshop prior. Certain systems (such as ChromeOS) or hardware limitations may not be compatible with the software.

The summer camp is a team fund-raiser. All registration fees will be used to build the team’s 2021 robot. 

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