YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Doug Hepfer & Mike Evele, coaches of Grandville High School RoboDawg teams which have qualified for the VEX World Championship in two of the last three years – and college-age RoboDawgs from the University of Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan Tech. FEATURED SOFTWARE: easyC COURSE DESCRIPTION: This camp will be all about the bots. Working in small teams, students will use the VEX Robotics Design System to compete in fun daily challenges based on SKYRISE. The VEX Robotics Design System is both user-friendly and powerful. It’s the same system used in major regional and national robotics competitions, as well as in many high school and university-level robotics classes. Campers will use the VEX Robotics Design System to build a frame and base, interchange wheels and treads, create geared armatures and engineer wiring. Your team’s bot will have to adapt to compete in user-piloted challenges based on the 2014-2015 VEX Challenge - SKYRISE. This camp will require that participants design and build complex mechanical devices, and that they complete programming using easyC software. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about building with complex robotic sensors, advanced robot arms, and geared drive trains. At the end of the camp, students will have a fully-developed strategy for the SKYRISE game, and they will have experience with the mechanical and programming concepts required to build a highly competitive robot. Campers will also leave with the organizational skills and information to start a local VEX Robotics team to compete in local, state, and national SKYRISE leagues and tournament.