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campMODA - Defenders of the Planet: Designing Enviro-Bots with LEGO Robotics

  • Georgia Tech College of Design 245 4th Street Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30318 United States (map)
This robot tracks and observes animals in their natural habitat without being detected. Image courtesy of CSIRO [CC BY 3.0)

This robot tracks and observes animals in their natural habitat without being detected. Image courtesy of CSIRO [CC BY 3.0)

Defenders of the Planet: Designing Enviro-Bots with LEGO Robotics

For Rising 4th to 7th Graders

We face a lot of challenges in our world. How do we limit pollution and protect the environment? How do we provide everyone with access to food and clean water? How do we clean up the oceans? Robots are already helping with many of these challenges, but we need more innovators thinking about how robots can make life on earth better for everyone. In this camp, young designers will design Enviro-Bots that tackle real-world environmental issues.

All around the world, robot developers and researchers are addressing some of the world’s biggest environmental problems. From Growbot, an unmanned vehicle that plants trees 10 times faster than a human can, to Ocean One, a humanoid SCUBA diver that monitors deep coral reefs in the Red Sea, designers, engineers, and scientists are working together to make a difference. In this week-long camp, we’ll study robots that are protecting the planet to see how they are designed and how they work. Then, campers will team up, choose an environmental issue that’s important to them, and design and prototype a robot that will make a difference.

Over the course of the week, campers will prototype, refine, and test their robots using LEGO NXT. As they do, they’ll learn the technological ins-and-outs of LEGO Robotics (or refine those skills if they already have them), use the Common Block Palette to code their builds, explore the sensors and mechanics needed to make their Enviro-Bots successful, and practice design and engineering skills.

At the end of the week, campers will present what they’ve designed to friends and family.

Campers will:

  • Learn about robots currently working on environmental challenges

  • Adopt and practice design and engineering mindsets

  • Become familiar with and expand LEGO Robotics knowledge

  • Develop engineering skills

  • Work collaboratively in teams

  • Prototype, iterate, and test robots to improve their functionality

  • Develop creative confidence

  • Develop programming skills

Date and Location

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.


  • Member Price -$445

  • Non-Member Price - $495

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 or contact

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 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

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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.

Cancellations and Refunds

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 or 404.979.6455 so that we can discuss the best options for you and your camper.