Vermillion Area Robotics Club

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WITH THE HELP OF SD ESPCoR, UNIVERSITY OF SD, AND THE VERMILLION PUBLIC LIBRARY, WE HELD OUR FIRST FREE SUMMER ROBOTICS CAMPS in 2016! THEY WERE A LOT OF FUN AND A GREAT SUCCESS!

It was a fast-paced day camp open to youth entering grades 4th-8th.   We held a co-ed camp and a camp exclusively for girls. This two-day camp focused on designing and building with the VEX IQ robotics hardware. The first day included building robots using a simplified engineering design process with the second day featuring text-based programming in RobotC for programming the remote control and autonomous runs (driving in a square).
2016 GIRLS ROBOTICS CAMP
The youth designed their robots for speed using gears.
Camp participants presenting their design to the group. These ladies designed a scissor lift that rides along a linear slide.  It had a pulley and string system to raise and lower the lift. Note the robot icon on top of the robot.
End of camp battle bots!
Campers learning about 90 degree gears, conveyors, different types of lifts, gearing claws, and holonomic drives.

The BATMOBILE compete with a logo!

2016 COED ROBOTICS CAMP
The youth created lifts for torque using gears to lift a 3lb weight. Here camp participants were testing their prototype with their apple.
Liam explaining his design to the group.
Camper using a series of compound gears to create a robot to lift a heavy object (torque). Campers what is the gear ratio of this cool contraption?