Camp Fire offers a variety of opportunities for youth to increase their tech fluency while having fun at the same time. For many youth, robotics and coding are naturally engaging first steps to bridge the gap from being a tech consumer to developing the skills to understand and participate in how the technology actually works.
While we use robotics and coding as forums to build tangible skills in technology, we also focus on social-emotional skills to build confidence, practice collaboration and teamwork, and develop critical thinking and creativity in problem solving.
Our Bend-based tech and robotics programs are hosted at either Deschutes Children's Foundation - East Bend Campus, 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend, OR 97701 or Samara Learning Center, 230 NE 9th St., Bend, OR 97701. For Samara Learning Center, please use the lower, north parking lot of First Presbyterian Church. Redmond programs will take place at the Deschutes County Public Library in Redmond. Bit(e) of Robotics programs take place at Deschutes County Public Libraries as well as other locations throughout Central Oregon.
Join the LEGO Robotics Team, learn how to build and code with LEGO Robots, and be part of this season's FIRST Lego League Tournaments!
This fall, we will be exploring the FIRST LEGO League’s new competition, “SuperPowered,” using LEGO Education robots. Youth will learn basic engineering, building, and programming skills, along with time management, teamwork, project design, and disaster mitigation (what to do if your robot completely falls apart? It has happened before!). These programs are sure to build important life skills, instill confidence, and help kids find their sparks.
This 10-week afterschool Lego Robotics Team is designed for youth who are committed to participating in the regional FIRST LEGO League competition in Bend (date TBA, but probably in December).
- Play games that introduce coding principles
- Learn how to program with the LEGO Education software
- Work in teams to customize robots
- Complete missions
- Design and present an innovation project
No previous experience in coding or Robotics is necessary, just a desire to learn!
Team 1: Sep. 20-Nov. 29 | Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Team 2: Sep. 20-Nov. 29 | Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Designed for youth who have already completed in FIRST LEGO League or have taken the Robotics Level 2 program.
Sep. 19-Nov. 28 | Mondays, 5:00-7:00 pm
Introducing our first Redmond-based team! No previous experience in coding or Robotics is necessary, just a desire to learn!
Sep. 22-Dec. 1 | Thursdays, 5:00-7:00 pm
Registration is closed; all teams are full.
Build a LEGO robot and program it to perform exciting missions. You will learn how to create robots that can perform various tasks using motors and sensors and build programs that allow you to overcome challenges. This activity is all about problem-solving, getting creative, exploring new ideas, and having fun! This program is intended for youth with little to no experience with LEGO Robotics. Program locations: Deschutes Children's Foundation - East Bend Campus or Samara Learning Center.
Oct. 7-21 | Fridays 3:00-5:00 pm
Samara Learning Center
Oct. 7-21 | Fridays 5:30-7:30 pm
Samara Learning Center
Oct. 12-26 | Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 pm
Deschutes Children's Foundation - East Bend Campus
This program is intended for youth that completed our introductory Lego Robotics Level 1 programs. Take your robot to the next level accomplishing more complex missions by adding precision, sensors, and better code. This activity is all about problem-solving, getting creative, exploring new ideas, and having fun! Program locations: Deschutes Children Foundation - East Bend Campus or Samara Learning Center.
Want to learn about Lego Robotics? Stop by a free session and spend some time with us. It's open to all youth!
Check out how a robot is built and programmed to perform a mission and give it a quick try yourself! If you love it, you can learn about and sign up for one of Camp Fire Central Oregon's many robotics programs.
FLL Robotics Teams - $335
Intro to Robotics Level 1 - $115
Intro to Robotics Level 2 - $130
Bit(e) of Robotics Workshops - FREE
LOCATION: Unless otherwise noted, our Tech Programs run out of Samara Learning Center, 230 NE 9th St (please, use the First Presbyterian Lower Parking entrance)
SPACE IS LIMITED:
Don't wait to register... High-quality youth programs are in high demand. Camp Fire programs are kept small to ensure a great Adult:Youth ratio and create the best learning experience possible.
Space is limited and many sell out quickly! If the program is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list.
Financial Assistance is available. Please do not wait to register if you need financial assistance. You will be able to complete your registration while your request is being processed. If you do not receive assistance, or the amount you do receive does not meet your needs, you will have the opportunity to cancel your reservation at no cost to you.
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Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
In Camp Fire, it begins now.