The 2018 Junior Robotics Camps

The application period for the 2018 camps is closed. Four levels of the camp will run in parallel beginning on 9 July 2018 and concluding with a public showcase by the students on Wednesday 8 August 2018. Thursday 9 August 2018 is clean up, certificate presentation and awards day.
 

Level I Robotics Camp

Applicants for Level I (introductory) Camp must be at least 10 years of age on July 1 and less than 15 years of age on July 1. The lower age limit of 10 years does not apply to those few students who applied last year and did not meet the then age 9 requirement. These students may reapply and their applications will be considered.

The Level I Camp focuses on “teleoperated” robots (robots operated remotely), but we also begin to introduce concepts of autonomous robots. More specifically, the curriculum includes: learning about simple machines and motion (such as pulleys and pendulums), learning about mechanisms such as motors and gear ratios, learning how sensors work, and an introduction to the basics of programming. The students then have fun applying this knowledge to automate devices (chain reaction programming) before attempting to build an autonomous robot. Students at the upper end of the Level I age range who progress rapidly may be promoted to the Level IIA Camp after two weeks in Level I.

Level I Camp Application Form

Student application forms for the Level I Camp are available at the links below in .doc and pdf formats:

BJRC 2018 Level I Application Form.docx

BJRC 2018 Level I Application Form.pdf

Please note that all Level I applicants must secure a recommendation form from a science or math teacher or their Principal. The recommendation form can be downloaded in .doc and pdf formats from the links below:

BJRC 2018 Teacher-Principal Recommendation Form.docx

BJRC 2018 Teacher-Principal Recommendation Form.pdf

This recommendation form should be printed out and given to the teacher or Principal for submission to the CSF before 11:59 pm EST on 25 May 2018. Alternatively, the teacher or Principal may download the form directly from the website. However, from the CSF’s perspective, the Camper is ultimately responsible for making sure the teacher or Principal gets hold of the form.
 

2018 Levels IIA and IIB Robotics Camps

The Level II Camps are open to students who have completed Level I, and are at least 11 years of age on July 1 and less than 15 years of age on July 1. Students who have been unfocused or disruptive in the Level I Camp (based on the recommendation of the Level I Camp coaches) should not apply for admission to the Level II Camp.

Levels IIA and IIB Camps will focus on completely autonomous robots. The Level IIA Camp goal is to design and build robots that can run a fairly sophisticated obstacle course autonomously (without human intervention). The Level IIB Camp will involve substantially more computer programming than the Level IIA Camp, and thus Level IIB robots will perform much more complex tasks autonomously. Only students who participated in Level II in either the 2016 or the 2017 Camp may apply for the Level IIB Camp. Since the 2018 Level IIB is the same as the 2017 Level IIA (just a rename) students who participated in the 2017 Level IIA Camp may NOT apply to the 2018 Level IIB Camp.

Those students who have already participated in the old (2017) Level IIA (now renamed Level IIB), may apply to the Level III Camp if they meet the age requirement. For such students, if the age requirement is not met, the CSF at this time has no other summer program to which they can apply. The Level III age requirement is imposed because Level III requires the use of power tools, and safety is our major concern. The CSF Robotics Planning Committee apologizes for this deficiency. Such younger students may want to consider applying to Level I of the CSF Computer Coding Workshop which is expected to run every Saturday morning from September 15 to December 15, 2018 (see http://caribbeanscience.org/coding-camp/). However, please note that the CSF Computer Coding Workshops are quite challenging, and have weekly homework assignments that must be done to stay in the Workshop. They are intended for students who are seriously interested in science and engineering, and not just looking for fun.

2018 Level IIA Camp Application Form

Student application forms for the Level IIA Camp in .doc and pdf formats are available at the links below:

BJRC 2018 Level IIA Application Form.docx

BJRC 2018 Level IIA Application Form.pdf

2018 Level IIB Camp Application Form

Student application forms for the Level IIB Camp in .doc and pdf formats are available at the links below:

BJRC 2018 Level IIB Application Form.docx

BJRC 2018 Level IIB Application Form.pdf

 

Required Survey Form for Previous Campers

Please note that all Level IIA and IIB applicants are also required to fill out and submit the online survey for the last camp they participated in, in order for their applications to be considered. This means that previous Level I campers from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes who wish to participate in the 2018 Level IIA Camp must fill out the survey for their Level I experience, if they have not already done so. Similarly, Level IIB applicants (who participated in Level II in either 2016 or 2017) must fill out the form for their Level II experience. The form can be accessed at the link below:

Online robotics camp survey

Please be sure to hit the submit button when finished. Please note that the online survey requirement does not apply to Level I or Level III applicants.
 

2018 Level III Robotics Camp

The Level III Camp will be offered for the first time in 2018, as a pilot. The Level III Camp will be open to students who are at least 15 years of age on July 1 and less than 18 years of age on July 1. However, applications from students who are more than 18 but less than 19 years of age on July 1 will be considered if Level III is under subscribed. Level III Campers will be expected to design and build their own robots from a box of parts and materials. The work involves the use of power tools, and Arduinos and/or Raspberry Pi’s are to be used in the robot. Prior participation in Levels I and II is not a prerequisite for Level III applicants. Level III campers will have twice weekly computer programming homework assignments.

2018 Level III Camp Application Form

The Level III application form is available in .doc and pdf formats at the link below:

BJRC 2018 Level III Application Form.doc

BJRC 2018 Level III Application Form.pdf

 
Please note that all Level III applicants must secure a recommendation form from a science or math teacher or their Principal. The recommendation form can be downloaded in .doc and pdf formats from the link below:

BJRC 2018 Teacher-Principal Recommendation Form.docx

BJRC 2018 Teacher-Principal Recommendation Form.pdf

This recommendation form should be printed out and given to the teacher or Principal for submission to the CSF before 11:59 pm EST on 25 May 2018. Alternatively, the teacher or Principal may download the form directly from the website. However, from the CSF’s perspective, the Camper is ultimately responsible for making sure the teacher or Principal gets hold of the form.

Camp Selection Criteria

The BJRC Admissions Committee is responsible for selecting the students. The Committee is comprised of a subset of the Robotics Camp Planning Committee and some of the coaches. Because of budget and space limitations, the Committee will limit the number of participants in Levels I, to about 20 and Levels IIA, IIB and III to about 10 each. It is important to note that participation in Level I does not guarantee a spot in the Level IIA class. Similarly, previous participation in Level II does not guarantee a spot in the Level IIB class. The Admissions Committee will only consider complete applications that arrive before the application deadline, and the age limit for each camp and the citizenship (or 4-year consecutive Barbados school attendance) requirement will be strictly enforced.

For all camp levels, the Admissions Committee will rank applicants taking the following factors into consideration:

  • The strength of the recommendation from the teacher or Principal
  • An assessment of the applicant’s interest and passion for STEM based on the submitted materials, and the coaches’ evaluations if the applicant was a previous camper
  • The behaviour of the Camper in any previous CSF camp(s). Campers who have been disruptive or disinterested will be given the lowest priority
  • The age of the applicant (older applicants will be given preference over younger applicants who have to option to re-apply in later years)
  • In the event where 2 or more applicants are equally ranked, and the number of such applicants exceeds the unfilled spots, a lottery system will be put in place to select the remaining successful candidates

 

Camp Fees

The CSF, through donations from its sponsors, bears almost all of the financial costs associated with the BJRC. However, parents/guardians are expected to contribute a participation fee of BD$ 500 per child for the entire month. For parents who are unable to pay the fee in full before the camp starts, the CSF will accommodate 4 weekly payments of BD$ 125 upon request. Snacks at the breaks are served to all children participating in the camp, and all campers receive a Robotics T-Shirt which must be worn at the Final Projects Presentations.

 

For Facilitators

The CSF is seeking qualified facilitators/coaches who have the experience and can commit one month in the summer to help us run the four Levels of the camp (2018 camps will run from July 9 to August 10). These positions carry a modest stipend, but a signed contract with the CSF must be executed, as all facilitators are expected to be available for the duration of the camps.

The Facilitator Application Form can be downloaded in WORD or pdf formats from the links below:

BJRC 2018 Facilitator Application Form.doc

BJRC 2018 Facilitator Application Form.pdf

 

Camp Sponsorship


The CSF is seeking US$ 40,000 sponsorship to cover the major expenses of the four 2018 Junior Robotics Camps: Purchase of the VEX Robotics Kits (inclusive of software); stipends for 12 facilitators; tools, components and materials for the demos and for the building of the competition platforms; snacks for the campers; Arduinos and Raspberry Pi’s; additional miscellaneous materials and supplies. Please contact Prof. Cardinal Warde at warde.csf@gmail.com or at 1-617-699-1281 if you (or your organization) are willing to assist.

Past Institutional Camp Sponsors have included:
• The City of Bridgetown Credit Union
• The Barbados Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development
• The Central Bank of Barbados
• MASA (Medical Air Services Association)

A promotional fundraising video made by Mr. Hallam Hope can be viewed at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdhhP-7W_E8.

 

Caribbean Science Foundation

CARICOM Research Building
UWI Cave Hill Campus
Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies
Telephone: 1-246-417-7493
E-mail: csfhdq@gmail.com

For further information, please contact:
Prof. Cardinal Warde
warde.csf@gmail.com