Originally Posted by GCarnes
If a week long summer camp was created to target middle schoolers to prepare them to join a high school FIRST team, what major skills (two or three) do you think are the most important?
Examples: how to solder, how to use tools/shop safety, how gears work, etc.
Day 1 - Intro into FIRST-explaining what FIRST is and how it pertains to the real-world, your team, etc.
Day 2- Programming - Use whatever language your team uses (Java, C++, etc) and have them write a basic program in the language.
Day 3- CAD Design/Brainstorming - How to effectively "think" and design of a robot. Show them a prior game and have them come up with how they would build a robot.
Day 4- Strategy and teamwork - Split them into groups and show a prior game and ask what they think should be focused on and what isn't as important..etc
Day 5- Safety - At some point stress to them how to safely work in the pits, lab, whatever you use for a work area on the robot.