Robots and robotics are fascinating subjects that bring together artificial intelligence, programming, engineering, electronics, design, technology and of course, maths!
Autonomous machines are the most highly evolved of robots, needing little external influence and relying on the genius of their construction and coding to operate.
In Robotics, Programming and Engineering: during this brand new camp, participants will build such a robot, learning all the essential elements of coding, engineering, electronics and maths along the way.
younger pupils will construct an ingenious walking robot and will be able to take it home
more senior pupils will create a working robot model of a self-driving car. Sensors fitted to the vehicle and clever coding which the pupils will learn, help the car to swerve away from obstacles
Both robots teach children the fundamentals of robotics, demonstrate just how hard it is to develop an autonomous vehicle and yet prove that autonomous vehicles are possible to develop and build.
If your child would like to learn about the practical applications of maths and programming and push the boundaries of their own interest in STEM subjects, this is the camp for them.
Dr Pavel Orlov, formerly of the Imperial College Dyson School of Design Engineering and the University of Eastern Finland, has designed and will lead the Robotics and Programming section of this camp. Pavel is a specialist in human-computer and human-robot interaction and is the author of software that helps people with physical disabilities to perform daily tasks using ‘gaze patterns’ to control robotic prosthetics.
In Maths, as part of the camp, all year groups have a one hour maths lesson each day. Participants can also join an extra problem solving session in the morning from 9 to 10am. Children will tackle different levels of UKMT challenges from the Primary Maths Challenge and International Kangaroo, up to more senior levels looking at Combinatorics, Number Theory and Senior UKMT challenges.
Here are more details of what will be studied by each Year group during the camp:
Pupils will work on past problems from the UK and international mathematics competitions for their age groups.
In maths relating to autonomous machines we will study the use of the ruler and the compass and Euclidean constructions together with the oldest programming language. In problem solving we will study geometry, distances, Loci and Angle chasing.
In maths relating to autonomous machines we will study the use of the ruler and the compass and Euclidean constructions together with the oldest programming language. In problem solving we will study the geometry of the triangle.
In maths relating to autonomous machines we will study the use of the ruler and the compass and Euclidean constructions together with the oldest programming language. In problem solving we will study the the circles of a triangle and Sangaku - Japanese Temple Geometry.
Format and fees for the senior face to face camp:
- pupil to teacher ratio of 6:1 for maths, 5:1 for programming and 4:1 for robotics
- classes comprise small groups of pupils of similar age and ability
- camp times: 10am to 3pm
- fees are £585 for five days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period
- your child can also join us from 9am for an extra hour of olympiad style maths or additional coding, or continue from 3pm to 4pm with our chess class. There is a supplement of £25 for each additional session booked
Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.