Middle School Summer Camp

June 25-June 29, 2012


Participants learn how to build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics system. Using the LEGO Mindstorms software, the participants learn how to make robots do basic moves, turns using only light, touch, sound, or ultrasonic sensors. 

This weeklong camp includes these activities:

  • Simple controls
  • Interfacing sensors 
  • Navigating mazes
  • Search for light

Participants interested in robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO would benefit from this camp as it uses inventive and creative thinking to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math into fun, memorable experiences.

Date: June 25th to 29th, 2012

Place: College of Engineering & Engineering Technology
Northern Illinois University
590 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60178

Grades: Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

Fees:  $550 before June 1st, 2012

  $580 after June 1st, 2012

Typical day at camp:

  • 7:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Walk to EB
  • 8:30 am Morning activity
  • 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Afternoon activity
  • 4:00 pm Walk back to the dorm
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Evening activity
  • 9:00 pm Return to residence halls
  • 10:00 pm Room check

Housing:  Campers reside and eat in the residence hall on NIU's campus in DeKalb, IL.  Two campers share a room, and campers may request a specific roommate. All linens and pillows are provided. There is adult supervision at all times. Dorm counselors stay in the residence halls with the students.

Dining:  Campers dine in the residence hall cafeteria. They may eat as much as they want in the cafeteria, but may not take food out. Lunch is provided at the college.

More Information:  Additional details, including check-in and orientation instructions, parking information, what to bring to camp, and camper rules will be mailed to you after your registration from and camp fee have been received, by the end of May 2012.