CAMP OVERVIEW: This year's camp will be back in the main lodge at Camp Newaygo, and all campers will stay in air-conditioned bunk rooms with full access to indoor restroom and shower facilities. Our build and competition space will be in the new Leadership Lodge. Campers will spend time each day in outdoor camp activities. YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Doug Hepfer & Mike Evele, coaches of Grandville High School RoboDawg teams which have qualified for the VEX World Championship in eight of the last nine years – and college-age RoboDawgs. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This camp will be all about the bots. Working in small teams, students will use the VEX® Robotics Design System to compete in fun daily challenges based on the 2020-2021 VEX Challenge. The VEX® Robotics Design System is both user-friendly and powerful. It’s the same system used in major regional and national robotics competitions, as well as in many high school and university-level robotics classes. Campers will use the VEX® Robotics Design System to build a frame and base, interchange wheels and treads, create geared armatures and engineer wiring. Your team’s bot will have to adapt to compete in autonomous and user-piloted challenges based on the 2020-2021 VEX Challenge. This camp will require that participants design and build complex mechanical devices, and that they complete programming. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about building with complex robotic sensors, advanced robot arms, and geared drive trains. At the end of the camp, students will have a fully-developed strategy for the VEX Challenge announced in April, 2020, and they will have experience with the mechanical and programming concepts required to build a highly competitive robot. Campers will also leave with the organizational skills and information to start a local VEX Robotics team to compete in local, state, and national leagues and tournament.