The NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center, NASA WV Space Grant Consortium, and Mountaineer Area RoboticS (MARS) 2614 are teaming up with our partners across the state at the James Rumsey Technical Institute, Mountaineer Middle School, RCBI, WVU-P, and the NASA SEMAA Lab to deliver six weeks of robotics summer camps across the state of West Virginia.  This will be our largest camp initiative ever, and will be a team-based program centered around learning to build, document, and program the LEGO EV3 robot and compete in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO).  https://www.wro-usa.org/


What is World Robot Olympiad?

WRO has over 22,000 teams in 60 countries and serves students from elementary through the university level.   It is an event for science, technology, and education which brings together young people all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions.  Teams need to create, design, and build a robot model that can perform tasks on a themed challenge mat.

Why is this awesome?

WRO has partnered with LEGO Education, which means it utilizes the LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics platform.  This is exciting for us because the WV Robotics Alliance has been using LEGO robots in summer programs for the last 2 years as an education tool for software programming and robotics engineering.  WRO is one more application we can use to take LEGO NXTs and EV3s to the next level – an International Competition!

How will the summer program work?

Teams of 2-3 students can register together for the camp.  Individual students (or pairs) will be combined into teams of 3 at the camp. The intent is for students who are new to LEGO Robotics or who are on existing FIRST LEGO League (FLL)  teams to form themselves into smaller groups so they can develop their technical and teamwork skills while competing in a NEW tournament series called WRO!

We will provide robots and iPads for teams as needed.  If you are an existing FLL team, we strongly suggest bringing your own EV3 Robot and means of programming (laptop or tablet).  WV will be earning two team invitations from each camp to the WRO nationals in Fairmont, West Virginia on September 13-15 (and hopefully the Worlds on November 9-10 in Costa Rica!).