RCBI Hosts 3D Printing Camps

Middle and high school students experience 3D printing first hand at RCBI's 3D Printing Camps.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) plays host to the camps, open to students in 6th through 12th grades.

The dates of the camps are as follows:

* RCBI Huntington, June 19-23 (full)

* RCBI Bridgeport, July 10-14

* RCBI Charleston, July 24-28

The camps are supported with a grant from the Governor's STEM Initiative.

Presented in partnership with Marshall University, the 3D Printing Camps introduce young people to the opportunities in advanced manufacturing through hands-on experience. Throughout the week, campers use computer-aided design (CAD) software and precision machinery to customize a design and 3D-print it. The campers also tour local manufacturing facilities and explore entrepreneurship under the guidance of experienced mentors who have started and run their own shops. 

Call 800.469.RCBI (7224) for more information, or register online.

 Python Coding Camp kicks off July 31

Learn to solve puzzles and create games!

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is presenting a four-day camp for middle school students who are interested in learning computer coding. Join us July 31-Aug. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. daily at RCBI Huntington as we introduce campers to Python, a fun and versatile programming language. Campers will use it to create games and solve puzzles under the guidance of expert Bill Gardner, an assistant professor at Marshall University.

This year’s coding camp – called PASSCODE – also will focus on the connection between coding skills and manufacturing. Campers will tour RCBI’s Technical Services Center to see leading-edge manufacturing equipment and complete a hands-on project with Raspberry Pi, a small computer used in electronics projects.

RCBI received financial support for this year’s coding camp from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.

The cost is $80 for each camper. The cost includes a Raspberry Pi starter kit and a copy of Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming.

Call 800.469.7224 for more information, or register online.

Camps offer students opportunity to explore robotics

RCBI promises a summer of discovery for 9- to 15-year-old students interested in robotics.

Activities kick off June 26-30 with a camp for both those with robotics experience and first-timers. During the five-day event, campers will learn to build, program and operate LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots and participate in the World Robot Olympiad the final day.

The camp will run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RCBI Huntington. Cost is $125 for each camper and includes lunch and snacks. Students are encouraged to register as small teams. Sign up at www.rcbi.org/go/robotics1.

RCBI Huntington also will host a free, two-day Boot Camp August 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. focused on boosting participation in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics and promoting STEM education in southern West Virginia counties. Groups interested in forming teams are encouraged to apply for the free camp by contacting Mike Friel at 304.781.1686 or mfriel@rcbi.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

Five teams will receive a free Mindstorms EV3 robot and expansion set after completing training and agreeing to compete in future FLL events. Teams must include two adult coaches and between two and six students age 9 to 14.

Both camps will be taught by employees from NASA’s IV&V Educator Resource Center and the West Virginia Robotics Alliance. Campers will learn to program robots for specific missions and work on core values and team-working skills that align with the FIRST LEGO League robotics vision. Additionally, campers will engage with guest speakers who have knowledge of real-world robotics and see demonstrations from advanced high school level robotic competitors. 

RCBI’s robotics program is made possible by the generous support of the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

For more information, contact RCBI’s Mike Friel at 304.781.1686 or mfriel@rcbi.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .