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Space Exploration: Design-Build Challenges with LEGO Robotics (Rising 4th to 7th Grade)


  • Georgia Tech College of Design 245 4th Street Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30318 United States (map)

Space Exploration: Design-Build Challenges with LEGO Robotics (Rising 4th to 7th Grade)

Are you curious about space? Have you ever wondered what’s out there? Do you ever think about what kinds of robots explore space and how we could live on an alien planet? Then imagine being able to prototype the design of a robot that could explore space at MODA’s Space Exploration: Design-Build Challenges with LEGO Robotics camp!

Join us for a week of prototyping, imagining, and designing robots for space exploration using LEGO Robotics! Camp participants will learn the basics of LEGO Robotics (or expand on the knowledge they already have). LEGO Robotics is a tool that allows young designers to create robots using various LEGO bricks and sensors. Campers will learn to adopt design and engineering mindsets as they take on the various complex challenges that scientists face when trying to send robots into space.

Young designers will learn about the principles of astrophysics as well as past, current and upcoming projects that have been or could be launched into space. We will discuss the possibility of alien planets and how scientists speculate if extra-planetary habitation is feasible. Space exploration topics to be discussed include the Curiosity Rover that went to Mars, Cassini which was deployed to study Saturn, and TRAPPIST-1 among others. Campers will also explore the types of sensors and mechanics behind particular launches and projects, and how we can use our LEGO NXT kits to create prototypes!

Throughout the week, campers will work individually and in design teams to solve problems in collaboration. They will use design thinking to develop robot prototypes and refine their designs as they continue to learn more about the challenges their robots face. Along the way campers will also learn how to code using the Common Block Palette, the base of LEGO Robotics programming, as they work through their challenges.

Skills campers will learn:

  • Adopt design and engineering mindsets
  • Become familiar with and expand LEGO Robotics knowledge
  • Develop engineering skills
  • Work collaboratively in teams
  • Become familiar with astrophysics and its principles
  • Develop creative confidence
  • Develop programming skills

This is a week long camp for rising 4th to 7th grade students that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. This camp is being held at Georgia Tech's College of Design, 245 4th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30332.

Tuition: MODA Members: $445 / Non-Members: $495

Please note: Camp member discounts apply only to MODA Sustaining Membership levels beginning at $8/month or $96/year and above. For more information about memberships or to join, visit museumofdesign.org/membership/ or contact membership@museumofdesign.org.

Exemption Notice: This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to www.decal.ga.gov or call 404.657.5562

Minimum Enrollment: Should the program you request not meet a minimum enrollment, you will be contacted at least one month prior to the start of your camp session.

Food Allergies: Should campMODA need a food allergy action plan for your camper, please contact the camp administrator at campMODA@museumofdesign.org.

Special Needs: Campers with learning differences and behavioral needs are welcome at campMODA! Please contact Blair Banks at 404.979.6455 so that we can have a conversation and discuss your camper’s unique potential, and how to best celebrate their strengths and accommodate their challenges.

Once campMODA confirms your camper's enrollment:

  • Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the start of the session will result in a refund of the amount paid minus the $100 non-refundable registration fee (Amount paid - $100 non-refundable registration fee = Refund).
  • No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the session.
  • If you have any last minute emergencies, do not hesitate to contact MODA's Education Coordinator at campMODA@museumofdesign.org or 404.979.6455 so that we can discuss the best options for you and your camper.