KCC offering three Bruin Bots engineering and robotics summer camps for youth in July

Youth robotics campers prepare robots for a "sumo" battle on a round board during a KCC Robotics Camp at the RMTC.


Kellogg Community College’s Bruin Youth Programming initiative is offering three Bruin Bots engineering and robotics camps for youth in July.

The camps will be held at the KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, 405 Hill Brady Road, Battle Creek, and include:

The World of Lego Engineering ($69)
Grades 3-5
8:30 a.m.-Noon Tuesday-Thursday, July 5-7

Using creativity, imagination and Legos, camp participants will apply beginning and advanced engineering techniques to build complex Lego structures. Campers will learn to brace Lego structures for strength and function, understand gear ratios and build solid, working creations that can do amazing things. This robotic engineering course is the first step in preparing students for participation in FIRST youth robotics competitions and provides a great opportunity to enhance building and engineering abilities. This camp will engage students in third through fifth grades in a fun and interactive learning experience that will help develop the engineers of tomorrow.

Lego Robotics: The Obstacle Course Challenge ($99)
Grades 6-9
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 11-14

In this camp, participants will learn the basic design concepts required to create functioning robots. They’ll explore different types of robots and how and where they are used in the real world. Campers will be introduced to Lego Mindstorms sets and will have the opportunity to design and build robots that can perform the tasks required to complete an obstacle course. The camp will end with an obstacle course challenge in which everyone will compete to see which robot can complete challenges the fastest and earn the most points.

Introduction to VEX Robotics ($99)
Grades 6-9
1-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 11-14

In this new camp, participants will be introduced to VEX IQ Robotics Systems to create robots that can grasp, lift, climb and pull. Campers will create robots that are driver controlled and robots that operate autonomously with the use of sensors. Just like real engineers, campers will utilize the engineering design process of “think-do-test” to create and program functioning robots that can do amazing things. Camp participants will be engaged in an exciting learning experience that focuses on the critical technology and design principles that lead to the careers of tomorrow.

Multi-Camp Discount

Individuals who register for both Lego Robotics: The Obstacle Course Challenge and Introduction to VEX Robotics can sign up for both camps at a reduced rate of $175. Campers participating in the Best Deal camps should bring a lunch to camp each day to eat between sessions.


Registration forms are available online at www.kellogg.edu/youth. Registration can be completed:

  • By mail by completing a camp registration form and mailing the form with payment to Lifelong Learning, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, MI. 49017
  • By phone by calling KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at 269-965-4134 and registering with a credit or debit card
  • By fax by sending the completed form to 269-565-2129
  • In person at the Lifelong Learning office in room 102 of the Ohm Information Technology Center on KCC’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek

Space in each camp is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bruin Youth Programming

KCC’s summer robotics camps are part of Kellogg Community College’s new Bruin Youth Programming, an initiative of the College’s Lifelong Learning Department that is focused on connecting area youth with experiences related to athletics, education and careers. Bruin Youth Programming expands the College’s traditional offerings of sports camps and Bruin Bots robotics initiatives held throughout the year on campuses in Battle Creek, serving kids from first grade through high school. For more information, including dates and descriptions of upcoming camps and other activities, visit www.kellogg.edu/youth.

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