NASA’s IV&V Robotics Alliance Project in conjunction with the West Virginia FIRST LEGO League Program at Fairmont State University has an exciting opportunity for your student to attend one of four robotics camps that will be held across our beautiful state. Each camp has been created with a NASA-centric curriculum that will ensure your student has fun while learning how to build and program a LEGO EV3 robot for advanced movements, sensor use, and to complete multi-stage autonomous missions. Your student will also work on core values and team-working skills which align with the FIRST robotics ethos of “Gracious Professionalism”. Additionally, your student will engage with guest speakers who have knowledge on real-world robotics and see demonstrations from advanced high school level robotic competitors.
Where and when are the camps?
The camps are designed to cover as much of WV as possible to ensure students multiple regions have a chance to attend.
- MARS Robotic Team’s Training Facility, Morgantown: June 15th – 18th
- West Virginia State University NASA SEMAA Laboratory, Beckley: June 22nd – 25th
- Shepherd University, Shepherdstown: June 29th – July 2nd
- Fairmont State University, Fairmont: July 6th – 9th (Residential)
The first 3 summer weeks are run as a Day Camp from 9am to 5 pm. Week 4 is hosted and sponsored by Fairmont State University and is the only residential program*. It starts Monday at 9am and runs through Thursday at 5pm.
Will I have to stay with my student?
No. Your student will participate in these activities with employees from the NASA’s IV&V Educator Resource Center and FIRST Robotics AmeriCorps VISTA program. All staff members have passed Youth Protection training and NASA background checks. We cannot wait to engage your students in robotics!
How much will the summer camp cost?
There is no “fee for service” for these camps, but we do not have the funds to cover hospitality. The day camps will cost $50/student while the residential camp will cost $100/student. These funds are only used to cover meals and snacks. If this fee represents a hardship for your family, please complete the scholarship portion of the application.
What age group are the camps accepting?
Although your student does not need to have been previously involved with FIRST LEGO League (FLL) to participate in one of the four summer camps available, we are aligning age groups with the FLL age range, which is 9-14. The first three summer camps will be accepting students 9-14 years of age. *The residential camp will only be accepting students 12-14 years of age. This is simply because the curriculum involved is most appropriate for this particular age range and the camps are designed to prepare your student for participation in the annual FLL competitions. We want to make sure that your student gets the most out of our camp curriculum as possible.
To register for one of the camps please click on the Registration link HERE.
Thank You to our Sponsors
These camps would NOT be possible without generous donations from the Stem Enterprise, The Von Alt Family, College of Science and Technology at Fairmont State University, MARS FRC team #2614, and the Southern WV Robotics Club.