(coed, entering grades 1-7 in Fall 2020)
Cranbrook Schools robotics program during the academic year regularly advances its VEX IQ, VEX, and WRO™ teams to state- and world-level championships. As an extension of our long history of superior robotics achievements, Robotics Day Camp offers LEGO® and VEX IQ programs staffed by members of our Schools' team coaches who help campers build robots to compete in the official league tournaments.
Robotics Day Camp offers sessions in LEGO® and VEX IQ.
LEGO® WeDo 2.0
- Grades 1-3: LEGO® WeDo 2.0, BOOST, and MINDSTORMS® EV3 (placed by ability)
- Grades 4-7: VEX IQ
This program introduces campers to the basics of robotics using fun LEGO® creations. Campers use tablets and visual block programming to make use of sensors and motors on their WeDo robots.LEGO® BOOST
This program allows campers to build and code interactive robots using tables and visual block programming. Sensors and unique mechanical features allow campers to bring these creations to life with mood reflecting facial expressions and communicative gestures. These life-like robot models can also be designed to grip and carry objects. Working in teams of two, campers are given guidance and instruction for sound building practices involving balance and function as they design their own unique interactive creations.
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3
This program uses the LEGO® EV3 Challenge curriculum to allow campers to complete various engaging online and hands-on activities. Campers learn the fundamentals of LEGO® robotics, including basic skills in programming, sensor application, and mechanical design. If your child is interested in competing in a qualified competition after camp ends, there will be an option to register during camp for an additional fee.
This program platform is designed to be simple and easy for campers new to robotics, yet flexible and powerful to allow for a wide range of exploration in all aspects of STEM. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other assemblies allow for complete mechanical customization of VEX IQ robots. The platform is compatible with a variety of programming options like Python, RobotC, and visual block programming (e.g. ModKit). Staff guide campers to begin building robots capable of competing in academic-year VEX IQ competitions. Any robotics experience is an asset, but no prior VEX IQ experience is necessary.
Important Note: Campers must have a general interest in robotics to enjoy this camp. The majority of camp time is spent building and coding robots. Campers may not purchase or take home robots or other materials. Campers may not bring robots or materials from home.
Robotics Show & Tell
Every Friday at 2:30pm, parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Robotics Show & Tell where campers present their robots (grades 1-3) and participate in mini-competitions (grades 4-7).
Campers swim once a week at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium
. Swim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff include a full-time and certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts. 2020 UPDATE: Williams Natatorium will close for a renovation of the pool deck and necessary repairs. During the closure, open swim will be at the Wylie E. Groves High School Natatorium. Our swim program at Groves will run under the direction, supervision, and procedures of Cranbrook. Cranbrook and its construction contractors will be working diligently to complete the renovation and repairs in hopes that it may reopen before camp ends. If it does reopen, registered families will be notified and we will resume our open swim at Cranbrook.
Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. Lunch takes place on the Cranbrook Upper School Dining Hall.
Extended Care, Transportation Service, and After Camp Activities
- Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Extended Care is located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Campers are bused to/from camp each day. Extended Care is also a nice option for families with multiple children attending more than one of our camps to reduce the number of pick up points; parents/guardians simply pick up and drop off all children attending Extended Care at Brookside.
- Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.
- After Camp Activities are available, such as group Swim Lessons, Chess, and Coding.
- These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care.
- Logistical information for these additional options will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery to view, post, and purchase.
Why Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps?
Each camp includes a dedicated Director, one or more Assistant Directors, an Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each age-aligned group has one or two counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas.
Each year, camp directors and assistant directors attend ACA’s Mid States Camp Conference in St. Charles, IL. Specialized activity instructors are sent to or are provided training for certification. Camp staff are paid above average industry-standard wages and they are provided lunch and annual wage increases. The camp nurses are members of the Association of Camp Nursing
and attended their national conference. The director of all camps attends Michigan, Mid States, and the national conferences to ensure Cranbrook continues to be relevant, remain aware of national trends, and network with fellow youth development professionals. He also presents at these conferences and serves in professional volunteer roles such as the Community and Business Development Chair for ACA Michigan Local Council of Leaders
and serves as an Associate Accreditation Visitor.About Cranbrook Educational Community
Cranbrook is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors, students, and campers to its campus each year.
Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose and sculptors Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks and others. Critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Tuition and Fees
- Tuition: Full $2235, Half $1105, Partial $415
- Fees: Materials Fee $35-$65 per session; Rush Enrollment within 21 days of session start date $35
- Discounts: Early Enrollment until April 1 for Full/Half sessions $75/$25 (use code WEB20); Additional sessions $40 (automatic)
- Includes: Lunch, AM & PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
- Extras: Trips to the Cranbrook Institute of Science
- Options per Week: Extended Care (AM $75; PM $95); Transportation Service ($45/way); After Camp Activities ($75-$110); Monthly Payment Plan
Contact Special and Summer Programs
, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form
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