July 3-8, 10-15 / Age 11-14
Introduction to Robotics (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders)
The Amazon warehouse robots carry towering product shelves to human pickers, saving those workers from dashing around the warehouse. In this hands-on, learn-by-doing course, students shall be introduced to robotics by building and programming LEGO Mindstorm robots that model Amazon’s squat mobile robots. Meeting for two hours each day between squash sessions, Introduction to Robotics students will learn about the real-world features and create autonomous programs to simulate the factory robot behaviors.
The course takes place in the dedicated Robotics Lab of Blair’s air-conditioned Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration (2017).
Instructor: Michael Garrant teaches robotics, software design, programming, and functional design at Blair Academy. Holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and The Johns Hopkins University, he brings to his role at Blair decades of experience in engineering, including defense electronics and medical device product development. A former captain in the Army and Army National Guard, Michael worked for multinational companies during his business career, and he is an inventor of a patented patient-monitoring device. Michael completed his master’s degree in secondary technology education at The College of New Jersey in 2016; in addition to his classroom duties, he oversees robotics after school and manages Blair’s Makerspace.
Programs cost: $1750 per week including all costs for room and board and all education programs