New This Year

2018 Arduino Microcontrollers

2018 Arduino Microcontrollers

Arduino is a platform for building and programming microprocessor projects. Campers will use the camp's Arduino boards to read inputs such as from a light sensor, pressure sensor or a finger on a button and generate outputs such as turning on a motor or posting a message to the web. Campers tell the board what to do by creating electonic circuits and programming the onboard microcontroller. Thanks to its simple and accessible user experience, Arduino has been used in thousands of different projects and applications. The Arduino software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users. See also Arduino Website and Project ideas

2017 Robotics by LocoRobo

This year we are introducing LocoRobo for our robotics program. The course we will be providing has been developed by award winning teachers and educators from Drexel University and other top schools and includes coding, robotics, sensor physics, control theory and computer science.

We will be using the LocoXtreme robots that can be programmed to move and respond to input from Ultrasonic eyes, Positional gyroscopes and accelerometer and temperature sensor. The computer interface to the rovers also allows groups of units to 'talk to each-other' to synchronize activity.

As part of an advanced lesson we are able to program Camp Watonka's drones as a cool introduction to current 'delivery drone' tech.

Robotic systems use parallel and event based control programming and our counselors are ready to help you develop these modern skills.

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As these are new activities, the photos, videos and text are from 3rd party sources and not Camp Watonka. They may feature elements that we won't be able to squeeze into our two week program. Feel free to drop us a line with any questions about this or any of our other programs.

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Alok Menghrajani (