There are hundreds of summer camp options out there for Bay Area parents. How are we supposed to choose? If only it were like online dating - fill out a profile and get matched with the perfect candidate. Unfortunately it’s a bit more complicated than that. Fun, educational, active, hands-on, affordable, nearby - these are all characteristics we look for in the perfect summer camp for our kids. You may immediately jump to a recreational or sports-related camp, but have you considered something with a more resounding impact such as a robotics camp? Here are a few reasons you should give robotics summer camps a closer look:
Give your child the leg up in school
In a robotics camp, your child has the ability to spend their summer learning things like engineering, math, physics, and programming - all while having fun! This gives them a solid foundation for their future course loads, uniquely positioning them to excel beyond their peers.
Prepare them for future career possibilities
Passion ignites at a young age. It is estimated that ten of the top 14 fastest growing industries require STEM training. That is why it is so important to foster and cultivate an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. Robotics is a fun and instantly engaging way of getting kids into science, technology, engineering, and math. Many schools don’t offer robotics as a part of the regular curriculum, but through summer camps and after school programs the possibilities are endless.
Break out of their shell
Robotics programs tend to have kids work in small groups to complete projects and work toward achievements together. The small group approach allows individual creativity to shine while fostering collaboration and problem-solving skills. This helps kids who struggle with social situations gain confidence as they bond with their partners in a less intimidating setting.
Get away from the ordinary
Why has summer break become synonymous with trivial activities? Your child is capable of so much more than singing jingles, playing tag, and braiding lanyard bracelets. Imagine your child going back to school in the fall with more than just a tan. Try something new! There’s knowledge to be had and skills to develop. Keep the learning going year-round.
Wizbots Robotics Summer Camps do all of that and more. They have the ability to set kids on a lifelong pursuit of science and technology and are designed to let kids dabble in robotics programming and design for the first time or build on skills they already have. The program is uniquely structured as a game using LEGO® Mindstorms to keep kids interested and having fun. As students complete levels and learn new skills they move along the Path To Mastery receiving Wizbands (different colored bracelets, similar to karate belts) to mark their accomplishments. Wizbots also offers after school programs so kids can continue their journey along the Path to Mastery at their own pace throughout the year.
“I started Wizbots because I saw that robotics could be made accessible and meaningful to kids and that this could transform their perspectives on learning,” said Wizbots’ founder Conor McGann.
And that's exactly what it has done. Wizbots has proven to have a lifelong impact on its students. Parents of students who have participated in Wizbots summer camps and after school programs have reported a continued interest in robotics and other STEM fields for their children.
Wizbots summer camps and after school programs are offered all across the Bay Area and remain one of the most affordable local technology programs available for kids. Visit www.wizbots.com to learn more and to enroll.