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FAQ 2017-01-26T06:23:35+00:00

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The LEGO® bricks I have at home don’t have gears or motors or pulleys. What type of LEGO® pieces are you using?

We will be using a combination of traditional LEGO bricks like you are used to seeing as well as LEGO® Technic. Technic sets were created so kids could build more advanced sets. You can interlock LEGO® bricks with Technic items to build models that have a greater variety of movements and can be built stronger.

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Does my child get to keep any LEGO® pieces?

Sorry, but no. All pieces belong to the kits we use. You may purchase your own kits from LEGO® separately.

If I need to cancel my registration, how do I do that?

We understand that things may come up and you may not be able to attend the camp after registration so here is the following Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  • If you cancel 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session – Full refund minus any applicable PayPal service fees.
  • If you cancel within 2 weeks of the start of the camp session, you will receive a full refund if there is someone on the waiting list to take your spot, otherwise you will receive a 50% refund
  • No refunds after the first day of camp
  • Camp fees cannot be refunded or prorated for days not attended due to illness or other causes
  • All refunds will be made by method of original payment minus any credit card processing fees
  • All cancellations must be in writing with an email sent to: elee@youngbotbuilders.com. Cancellation is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.

Where are your camps held?

Our camps are held at:

  • Play It Now Sports on 5025 North Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs 80918

Should my child bring anything for camp?

They should wear comfortable clothes since they will be working with models on the floor, a healthy non-peanut snack and a bottle of water with their name on it.

How much prior experience does my child need with LEGO® bricks before attending a camp?

They don’t need any previous experience in building or programming. To begin, all building will be with pre-set instructions. In the programming components, the teacher will guide the students with step by step instructions.

What makes your camp unique?

  • YoungBotBuilders camps are taught by experienced teachers
  • There is a well thought out curriculum with daily goals and tasks
  • With every step of building our business we asked ourselves, “How would I want to be treated? How would I want my kids to be treated?” Customer service is paramount.

Are your age descriptions negotiable?

Our age descriptions are guidelines to help you choose the most suitable camp sessions. The lower limits are highly recommended since it would be frustrating for a child to participate before they were truly ready. The upper limits are more negotiable. Please contact us if you want to register a child outside of our age limits.

Can I bring a snack for my child?

Yes, you may bring a snack. There will be break times for them to get water and eat. Please avoid bringing any peanut products.

Please describe a typical day at the camp.

The kids get to work at in groups to discover and learn mechanical properties in a fun way. Most of the camps require the campers to work in pairs. Be prepared to make a friend! For some videos of the camps click here.

What are the differences between your camps? How do I know which camp is best suited for my child?

LEGO® WeDo 1.0 (Ages: 6½ – 9)

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Description: This is a very simple building and programming camp geared toward the younger LEGO® fans. We will be building LEGO® animals such as lions, alligators, monkeys, a soccer player and goalie, a spinning top. Then using laptops and very simple drag and drop icons, kids will program their models to move or make noises. If you’ve taken WeDo camps before the summer of 2017, this was the camp we offered.

LEGO® WeDo 2.0 (Ages: 7 – 10)

Description: The WeDo 2.0 is guaranteed to ignite students’ excitement for learning as it enhances their skills in science, engineering and technology. Bluetooth technology is used to bring their builds to life giving them movement and sound through programming that they will learn to do. Students will build things that wobble, drive, crank, walk, spin, flex,reel, lift, grab, push, revolve, steer and sweep. This is a brand new camp being offered for the first time in the summer sessions of 2017. It’s not necessary to take WeDo 1.0 first and no previous experience programming or building is required.

LEGO® Engineering (Ages: 8 – 13)

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Description: This is a LEGO® building camp where we explore simple machines. This is a high energy camp with races, competitions and lots and lots of building. We start out with simple builds and progress to making complicated motorized machines. We explore simple machines and mechanisms such as wheel and axles, gears, levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws and cams.

LEGO® WeDo Advanced Robotics w/Scratch (Ages: 10 – 13)

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Description: This camp will integrate more complicated LEGO® builds alongside an introduction to Scratch Programming. Scratch is free software you can access online that helps students learn the logic of computer programming. This language makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games. The kids will mostly be using it during camp to make their LEGO® models move. For more info on Scratch, go to: http://scratch.mit.edu. No previous experience with LEGO® camps or with programming are necessary to sign up.

Mindstorms EV3 Robotics (Ages: 10 – 13)

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Description: In this camp, it is light on the building component and heavy on the programming. Kids will be using the most recent Mindstorms EV3 system to build and program a robot that will autonomously run through an obstacle course. We introduce kids to concepts of switches, loops and running parallel programs with the graphical EV3 programming environment.

Where do you get your LEGO® kits?

The kits we use are:

  • LEGO® Education WeDo 1.0 Construction Set #9580 & WeDo Software version 1.2 (sold separately)
  • LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set #45300
  • LEGO® Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set #9686 (for LEGO® Engineering camp)
  • LEGO® Mindstorms Education EV3 Base Set #31313

You can purchase them online at http://www.legoeducation.us/ or http://shop.lego.com/en-US/ for the EV3.

Why should I enroll in a LEGO® camp when the kids can just build on their own at home?

While there is a lot you can learn on your own, building with a group of other like-minded kids can make it really fun and challenging at the same time. Our camp is a place where kids can feel like it’s ok and even encouraged to think about better ways of doing things, to compete with each other and to push one another to a new skill levels. As iron sharpens iron, they learn much more and have a lot more fun doing it together. Campers work in teams so it’s not one person responsible for everything, but they get to explore together in a community setting. One of the kids said this about the camp: “I like going to this camp because it’s ok to be smart here.” Similar to other camps that develop abilities (such as athletics), we offer an environment that kids could enjoy learning with other kids doing something they love doing. They get to discover their aptitude for details, mechanical designs and perseverance in problem solving.

What is your discipline policy?

To provide a safe, orderly and enjoyable camping experience for everyone, we will adhere to the following policy:

VERBAL WARNING: If the offense is minor, the teacher will give an oral warning.

FIRST OFFENSE: Teacher will take aside the camper to privately discuss the problem.

SECOND OFFENSE: Camper will meet with the teacher and will be timed out until the next change in activity. Teacher will also notify the parent/guardian of the situation at the time of pick up.

THIRD OFFENSE: In the event of a third incident of misconduct of a similar nature, it will result in an immediate expulsion for the day. Parent/guardian will be called to pick up the child.

Each new day will begin with a camper having a clean slate. However, in very extreme cases where severe disruption continues to occur on a daily basis, the camper will not be allowed back into the camp and no refund will be issued.

What is your sick child policy?

Your child should not be in camp with the other children if they have any of these symptoms:

  • A fever currently or within the last 24 hours
  • A harsh cough or large amounts of yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Lethargic behavior (it’s not fun building with LEGO® bricks if you are under the weather)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting currently or within the last 24 hours
  • Any symptom that they normally cause the child to stay home from school

We cannot provide any refunds for days missed due to illness.

If the session we want is full, do you accept names for a waiting list?

Yes. In the event of cancellations, we will contact waiting list members in the order received.

How do I find out about future camps?

Sign up for our email list and you’ll be the first to be notified of upcoming events.

I still have questions, who do I contact?

Contact Esther Lee at (719) 271-2120 or elee@youngbotbuilders.com.

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