Summer of Learning
Bring CS-STEM Learning to your community this summer!

We believe that entrepreneurial teachers can bring high-quality learning opportunities to students in their communities by offering summer camps that combine interest-driven activities, domain-relevant content, efficient learning technologies, and local teacher expertise. Everyone wins: students learn, learning communities are strengthened, and teachers are able to sustain and improve their craft during the summer!

The CS-STEM Summer of Learning program is an online outreach research project run by the Carnegie Mellon CS-STEM Network and University of Pittsburgh Learning and Research Development Center, in partnership with Robomatter, Inc. The program seeks to improve student preparedness in areas related to Computer Science, Computational Thinking, Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics.


To get started, simply click the button below.
For Parents and Teachers
Run a robotics camp this summer!
  • Provide learning opportunities

      • Provide an Out-of-School-Time (OST) learning opportunity for students to learn while pursuing their own interests.

  • Strengthen local student capital

      • Expand the base of knowledgeable student “talent” to sustain local community and school robotics programs.

  • Be an Educational Entrepreneur

      • Operate a productive, small business or educational non-profit – the first step in preparing you to pass that knowledge and experience on to your students as well.


Getting Started
Below are videos detailing step by step on how to get started in setting up Summer of Learning.

Curriculum Tour
After setting up Summer of Learning, below are videos that briefly go over what is available in Summer of Learning.

Software Installation: VEX IQ for ROBOTC with Robot Virtual Worlds
  • Download Robot Virtual Worlds 4.52
  • To use the software for Summer of Learning, please use the following information:

      • License ID: 80003820
      • Activation Password: 554234L2
      • When successing setting up ROBOTC, click here to test software installation and start using RVW with Summer of Learning.

If further assistance is required, please check out the 'Getting Started' section up top. Note: The ID and Password will only with RVW for VEX.
Summer of Learning: At a Glance
  • Teaches Programming Fundamentals

      • Command Sequences
      • Conditional Statements
      • Loops

  • Approximately 20 hours of Content (Five 4-hour Camp Days)
  • Student Recognition through Digital Badges and Student Certificates
  • Requires a PC* with 3D Capabilities and Internet Access for Each Student
  • Curriculum Materials and Training are Free to Instructors During the Summer

Robotics Summer of Learning 2016: Program Advantages
Icon_sol-cleanup No Cost, No Cleanup

All software is genuine and free. Virtual robots mean no inventory management or recharging.

Icon_sol-clock Optimized for Summer

Virtual robots teach programming in 50% of the time. Focused on popular and essential programming topics.

Icon_sol-cloud Cloud Native

Curriculum available anywhere with an internet connection, 24/7. Student achievements saved, no matter where they are earned.

Icon_sol-instructor Instructor Support

Scaffolded, problem-based video curriculum frees instructor time. Video and e-mail available.

Icon_sol-verify Verifiable Learning

Automatic detection of completion. Attach source code, exams, or signatures as additional evidence. Printable student certificates.

Icon_sol-research Research-Driven

Improving learning through simulations, games, RVWs, CS2N, CS-STEM curricula, and more!


Camp Calendar Example
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

• Orientation
• Pre-Course Activity
• First Program
• Movement
• Turning

• Touch Sensor
• Ultrasonic Sensor
• Gyro Sensor
• Color Sensor

• Loops
• If/Else
• Repeated Decisions

• Search and Rescue Challenge

• End-of-Course Activity
• Graduation Ceremony


Requirements
  • One PC with 3D capabilities and internet access
    • • Software works in Windows, or with Parallels or Boot Camp on Mac
      • Administrator access needed for initial installation
      • Reliable internet connection to access curriculum videos
      • Video is streaming 720p15
      • A modern (HTML5-capable) browser is needed to view lesson content
      • Software keeps track of student achievements online

Tools - Marketing Materials
Below are template documents and materials that you can use to market and run a CS-STEM camp. If you want download everything at once, please click here. These are simply templates that you can use to edit accordingly.
Promotional Material
  • Promotional Poster

  • Camp Marketing Flyer

  • Camp Marketing Flyer Example


Application Forms
  • Camp Application Form

  • Camp Medical Form

  • Liability Release Form


Camp Award Certificates
  • Creative Programming

  • Digital Communication

  • Grand Prize

  • Leadership

  • Most Ingenious Solution

  • Participation

  • Team Award


Miscellaneous
  • Graduation Notice


Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some example of frequently asked questions. If you have other questions/concerns, please consider posting your inquiries to ROBOTC Forums.
  • Is there a suggested camp schedule?
    • A sample 5-day arrangement of topics is shown on the Teacher page.


  • When does the class start?
    • Our approach has changed significantly from previous years. The “pre-scheduled online session” format did not work well for over 95% of our users, most of whom were unable to attend the live sessions due to differences in school calendars, time zones, summer class schedules, and many other reasons.

      This year’s Summer of Learning is designed instead as a set of resources for teachers to use to offer their own camps locally, and adapt to meet the demands of their own students and learning environments. All class materials are now available, so class “starts” any time you are ready!


  • I am a complete novice; where can I go to learn this stuff for myself?
    • Some teachers are able to work through the material independently, although this may not be preferable for those who have never programmed before.

      The CMU Robotics Academy offers online professional development courses, which are better supported with professional instructors. You can find more information on those programs at http://education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/educators/professional-development/


  • How can I improve or refresh my own knowledge about the course topics?
    • The best way to do this is to actually set aside a few hours and run through part of the course yourself. This will familiarize you with both the course material and the nuances of operating the software.


  • What do I need to know in order to teach this class?
    • Instructors should have a basic familiarity with programming, and preferably some experience with LEGO or VEX IQ robots.


  • I’m a parent and would like to participate. How would that work?
    • For purposes of the CS Summer of Learning, parents and homeschool teachers can just follow the regular teacher directions wherever they appear!


See all FAQs for Summer of Learning »
For Students
CS-STEM Summer of Learning is best when done as part of an organized program.
People working on the same problems can help each other learn. Working with other robotics fans can also help you find new teams and activities you did know about before. If there are no Summer of Learning programs in your area yet, consider asking a teacher about starting one!
Software Installation: VEX IQ for ROBOTC with Robot Virtual Worlds
  • Download Robot Virtual Worlds 4.52
  • To use the software for Summer of Learning, please use the following information:

      • License ID: 80003820
      • Activation Password: 554234L2
      • When successing setting up ROBOTC, click here to test software installation and start using RVW with Summer of Learning.

If further assistance is required, please check out the 'Getting Started' section up top. Note: The ID and Password will only with RVW for VEX.
Dates to Remember
Below are key upcoming dates, with more information to come. Stay tuned!

Teacher Orientation:
Ask NOW through Friday, May 6th

    • Have questions about the Summer of Learning? Send us an email (rsol@cs2n.org) or tweet (@CS2N, #CSOL) by May 6th, and we'll answer them for everyone in a big FAQ update!


Teacher Orientation:
Posted on Monday, May 23rd

    On May 23rd we will post a walkthrough demo showing the workflow and important parts of the CS2N site that the Summer of Learning will be run on! We will cover:

    • Downloading and installing software
    • Computer logistics reminders and tips
    • Account creation for teacher and students
    • Group (class) creation
    • From login to robot run
    • Help lines: E-mail, Websites, Social Media


Teacher Content PD:
The Summer of Learning is now open and available until August 31st!

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