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Robotics Camps

Robotics Day Camp utilize robotics to explore the realms of science, technology, engineering, and math. Working with LEGO® and VEX™ IQ platforms, campers design, build, and program autonomous and remote-controlled robots to experience challenges and participate in competitions.

About the Camps

(coed, grades 1-7) Grade levels are defined as entering grades in Fall 2019.

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 Camps offer 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.

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).

Robotics Day Camps offer sessions in LEGO® and VEX IQ
  • Grade 1: LEGO® WeDo 2.0
  • Grades 2-3: LEGO® BOOST
  • Grades 1-7: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3
  • Grades 4-7: VEX IQ
The LEGO® WeDo 2.0 program introduces campers entering first grade 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.

The LEGO® Boost program is for entering second and third graders. Campers 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.

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 program is for entering first through seventh graders. Using the LEGO® EV3 Challenge curriculum, campers 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.

The VEX IQ 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 Notes: Campers must remain within their own grade levels and cannot switch to other platforms. Campers must have a general interest in robotics to enjoy this camp experience. 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.

During Week 3, we are open and running camp on Thursday, July 4th! The day will run on a special schedule with a midday all-camps CARNIVAL to include: a BBQ lunch, freshly spun cotton candy, mobile music theater, titanic and iceberg challenge, bubble soccer, a bounce house, an obstacle course, basketball frenzy, a dunk tank, and carnival games! Campers must be registered for camp during Week 3 to participate in the camp carnival.

Open Swim
Campers swim once a week at Cranbrook's Williams NatatoriumSwim 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 certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts. 2019 Update: Swimming is available all six weeks of camp.

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.
  • Swim Lessons are offered for Grades 1-5 as group lessons by the week after the camp day and last 35 minutes.
  • Other after camp activities are available such as Chess and Coders.
  • These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose the 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.

Staff, Training, and Accreditation
The camp includes a Director, Assistant Director, and Instructors. All staff are trained by the Director of Special and Summer Programs, the Camp Nurses, Public Safety, and other internal departments. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association to ensure the highest standards in safety, training, and programming. Staff are offered annual professional development and certification. The camp is also licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full (6 Weeks) $2235, Half & EV3 (3 Weeks) $1105, Partial (1 Week) $415
  • Fees: Materials Fee $35-$65 per session; Rush Enrollment if within 21 days prior to start of session $35
  • Discounts: Additional Sessions ($40 each)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Extras: Trips to the Cranbrook Institute of Science
  • Options: Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Transportation Service ($45/way/week), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (no fee)
For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu or (248) 645-3674.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or program.

VEX and VEX Robotics are trademarks or service marks of VEX Robotics, Inc., a subsidiary of Innovation First International, Inc.

Dates, Times & Locations

Full Session
FS: June 17 - July 26, 2019
Other camps after July 26

Half Sessions
H1: June 17 - July 5, 2019
EV3: July 1 - July 19, 2019
H2: July 8 - July 26, 2019

Partial Sessions
W1: June 17 - June 21, 2019
W2: June 24 - June 28, 2019
W3: July 1 - July 5, 2019
W4: July 8 - July 12, 2019
W5: July 15 - July 19, 2019
W6: July 22 - July 26, 2019
W7: No Session. Other camps.
W8: No Session. Other camps.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School - Cranbrook
Hoey Hall Robotics Lab, and
Gordon Science


Friday Show & Tells
for Parents/Guardians
Fridays at 2:30 PM