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This workshop lasts 2 days.

Ready, Set, Robots! introduces teens to technology-related fields and concepts including computer programming, high performance computing, and networking as they work side by side with IU technology professionals and researchers. Using kits from the LEGO® Mindstorms® series, participants work in small teams to learn the basic computer programming skills needed to command a robot to complete a set of predetermined tasks. Camps culminate in an exciting Robot Grand Challenge in which each team’s robot struts its stuff.

Click here to learn more about the camp, see video footage and images from past Ready, Set, Robots! programs.

The Ready, Set, Robots! program is hosted by UITS Research Technologies (RT), Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute and is free for all participants.

RT draws volunteer instructors from a variety of units around campus including:

  • IU Athletics
  • IU GlobalNOC
  • UITS Campus Network Engineering
  • UITS Enterprise Infrastructure
  • UITS Knowledge Base
  • UITS Networking
  • UITS Research Technologies, Pervasive Technology Institute
  • School of Informatics and Computing
  • UITS Student Technology Computing
  • UITS Support Center
  • UITS University Information Security Office

This camp/workshop is for students who are entering Jr. High school up to Seniors in high school (or just graduating high school).

T-shirts will be provided for the campers.

Parents/guardians - please send a sack-lunch with your camper!

Parents and participants - please create an IU guest account for the person who is actually attending the workshop. Please do NOT use an IU faculty/staff network id to register a student for Ready, Set, Robots! Once you have created an IU guest account, please log into the IT Training site with your IU guest account. When you log in the first time, you will be asked to create an IT Training profile for the person you will be registering. Once you have saved the profile, you can register that person for the workshop.

The July course is for advanced students. See “What You Should Already Know” below.

The linked MATERIALS must be returned to, UITS Research Technologies, CIB 350-94, 2709 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN, 47408 prior to the camp (or in-person the first day of camp).

If the workshop is full, check back frequently to see if a spot is available (through cancellations) or show-up the morning of the first day of camp to see if there happens to be a no-show.

Parents, friends, and family are welcome to join us at 2:30 on the 2nd day of each Ready, Set, Robots! camp to see what the campers were able to accomplish. Come watch the Robot Grand Challenge!

What You'll learn
  • Familiarity with basic programming concepts.
  • Time-management skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Respect for facilities/equipment
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Public speaking
What you need to know
  • Taking a workshop on Basic Computing Skills is not a requirement, but having basic knowledge of how to use a computer mouse and keyboard and being able to follow the instructions of the leaders is beneficial.
  • To take the "Advanced" Ready, Set, Robots! Workshop, students should already have taken Ready, Set, Robots! in the past or have worked with Lego Mindstorm robots before, or have significant computer programming skills. The August session is for advanced students.
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