Summer Camps

2016 Summer Camp Schedule and  Locations.

This years summer camps will be held at the following locations. Registrations can be made by contacting either facilty.

SchenectadyThe Brown School, 150 Corlaer Avenue Schenectady, NY 12304 – Phone – 370-0366

AlbanyThe Sidney Albert JCC – 340 Whitehall Rd, Albany, NY 12208 – Phone: 438-6651

 

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LOCATIONDATETIMECAMP NAME
The Brown School

August 1st-6th 9:00am - 12:00pmVideo Game Creation
Albany JCCAugust 22nd-29th9:00am - 12:00pmVideo Game Creation
August 29th-Sept 2nd
9:00am - 12:00pmStop Motion Animated Movie Making

For more information about classes, see our Summer Camp Page.
Please be sure to understand our Policies before registering.

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Camp Program Descriptions

Lego WeDo Robotics: Ages 6-8

Using the LEGO® Education WeDo™ Robotics Construction Set, the students are introduced to simple robotics through building models, attaching sensors and motors, and using a computer to program the model’s behavior. Some of the robot models include dancing birds, smart spinner, drumming monkey, hungry alligator, roaring lion, flapping bird, soccer kicker, soccer goalie, and cheerful fans.   Students will also learn about simple engineering concepts such as pulleys, belts, gears and levels, while having a blast with their creations.

Both beginners and students with some knowledge of LEGO WeDo® can take these classes.

*Robots are for use by students in class only. The robots are expensive, and students will not be able to take them home.

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Lego Robotics Engineering: Ages 8-14

This exciting class teaches you how to build and program the LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots, the coolest robot available. You will use your new skills to meet such challenges as reacting to intruders, moving objects to different locations, stinging an intruder with a robot tail, or beating your opponent at LEGO® Sumo, a BBB favorite.

You don’t need any experience with robotics or programming to begin your robotic adventure. Students who took our robotics After School Class can take this for a more solid foundation or move on to the Advanced Robot Challenges. All robot classes will be taught with the new LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robot. The new robot system includes a new programming language, a new building system, and new sensors, including a sound sensor and ultrasonic sensor.

*Robots are for use by students in class only. The robots are expensive, and students will not be able to take them home.

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Advanced Robot Challenges: Ages 8-14

We’ll challenge your engineering and programming skills with the LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robot. Want to learn how to program a robot with a bluetooth cell phone? Build a walking bot? Use the new ultrasonic sensor to react to movement or the sound sensor to react to different sounds? Program the new servo motors for precise movement? The possibilities and challenges are endless.

You can work on individual challenges, challenge others, or pair up and work as a team. This course is for students who have experience with building and programming LEGO® Mindstorms® robots. Students should have a basic understanding of how to use sensors, motors and repeat blocks. This class provides new challenges each session and can be taken multiple times. All robot classes will be taught with the LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robot. The new robot system includes a new programming language, a new building system, and new sensors, including a sound sensor and ultrasonic sensor.

*Robots are for use by students in class only. The robots are expensive, and students will not be able to take them home.

Computer Video Game Creation: Ages 8-14

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If you think playing computer games is fun, think what a blast learning to program your own games will be. Your imagination is the limit as you use GameMaker software to create maze, strategy, and a variety of other types of games. You’ll learn about creating sprites, objects, events and actions. Design a room, make it look the way you want, add objects and play your game. We’ll teach you how to display health, lives, score, splash screens and high score tables. Using drag and drop programming, you’ll be creating exciting, professional looking games you can play with your friends.

You can keep making games when you get home as the software is an inexpensive download from the Internet. If you think you’ve got a great idea for a game, you want to see what it would be like to be a game designer, or you just think computer games are fun, this class is for you. You must be experienced using a computer to take this class. If you’ve taken our Game Creation After School Class, this class goes into greater depth and reinforces previous learning.

Advanced GameMaker Techniques: Ages 8-14

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This class is for those already familiar with GameMaker who want to take their game creation skills to the next level. We will examine gravity, platforms, bosses, levels, effects, GML (GameMaker’s built in programming language) and learn how to keep expanding our skills. You must have already taken a Game Creation class with us or in some way demonstrate your ability to keep up with this class as basic GameMaker skills will be assumed.

3D Game Design: Ages 12 to 16

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Create a 3D landscape, add bonus items, hidden treasures and characters and play in your own world! This exciting new class is for students who have completed the 6th grade. You’ll learn how to create a 3D environment, light it, and put in characters for first-person or third-person action. We will be using 3D GameStudio.

Introduction to Anime : Ages 12 to 16

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This class uses computer software to teach students how to create their own anime, or animated stories. Students will learn how to draw objects and characters, how to use timelines, ‘bones’ and layers to animate their characters and scenes, how to use a storyboard to plot their movies, and how to add text and sounds to their animations. The goal of the class will be for students to complete a short anime movie. This class is great for anyone interested in art, animation and movie making. You must have graduated the 5th grade to take this class.

Exploring Bits, Bytes & Bots: Ages 8-14

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This class is the perfect introduction to Bits, Bytes & Bots’ offerings. Students will learn how to make stop-motion animated movies, build and program LEGO® Mindstorms® robots and create their own computer game.

*Robots are for use by students in class only. The robots are expensive, and students will not be able to take them home.

Stop Motion Animated Movie Making: Ages 8-14

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A Brick film is an animated film that uses LEGO® characters and pieces to tell a story. If you’ve ever wanted to direct your own movies or like making up stories, then this camp is for you. Using digital cameras, Stop Motion Pro animation software, and video editing software, you’ll create multi-scene movies with transitions, titles, credits, sound effects and narration. Design your own set with backgrounds, characters, and scenery. The stories are up to your imagination.

This is a great class to take with friends. No experience is necessary and you can take this class as many times as you like. Students take home a DVD with their movies at the end of the week.

Bits, Bytes & Beyond: Ages 6-7

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The computer camp for 6 – 7 year olds. You’ll build and play with real LEGO® Mindstorms robots and make animated movies that you can take home on CDs. This class meets for 3 hours rather than the 3 hours, 30 minutes of the other classes.

*Robots are for use by students in class only. The robots are expensive, and students will not be able to take them home.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies and does not sponsor, authorize or endorse Bits, Bytes & Bots, LLC.

 

14 Comments

  1. Brita Gieryic says:

    Hi – we are interested in registering Peter Gieryic for the advanced video game maker class – Advanced GameMaker Techniques: Ages 8-14 – at St Stephen’s Church in Delmar. How do we do this? Brita Gieryic

    • karend says:

      Hello Brita;
      On our summer camp page on our website, you will see a link to our online registration system where is says “REGISTER HERE”, click on the word HERE to enter the registration program. You will need to setup an account and then you can select the camp and pay via a credit card. If you prefer not to register online, I can email you a registration form and you can fill out and return via regular mail.
      Thank you and if you have any problems with the online system, please call me at 533-8018.
      Karen

  2. Sue Smalley says:

    Is the Queensbury Recreation Departments game creation class full?

  3. Kelly says:

    Tried to access online registration but site erroed. I want to take advantage of the early registration discount. I am also signing up for multiple sessions. Can I sign up thru the Parks N recreation dept?

    • karend says:

      Hi Kelly;
      Please accept my apologize for not replying to your online inquiry back in April. I just looked up you account using your email address and I noticed that the early registration discount was not applied. I will apply that discount today to your invoice. I also noticed anyother error in our system where the camp cost was $285, and it should have been $240. I will correct your invoice and you will receive an email update showing the correct charges.
      Thank you and I’m sorry for the errors on the inovoice and we look forward to have your child in our summer tech camps.
      Karen

  4. Jean Tower says:

    Can my child come for a session wed -fri instead of the full week?

    • karend says:

      Hello; Thanks for contacting Bits, Bytes & Bots – Computer Adventures regarding our summer tech camps.

      Unfortunately, we do not offer daily sessions for our summer camps.

      Thank you and if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at anytime.
      Karen

  5. Lisa Buck says:

    Do we need to bring our own camera to the stop motion animated movie making class?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

    • karend says:

      Hello; Thanks for contacting Bits, Bytes & Bots – Computer Adventures regarding our summer tech camps.

      We provided everything the students need for creating their movies. Cameras, Lego’s, backgrounds etc.

      Thank you and if you have any other questions, please feel free to give me us a call at 533-8018.
      Karen

  6. Sheila Smithie says:

    Hi- I read that there is a Lego camp in Clifton park the week of July 29-August 2nd for 8-15 year olds. However, when I go to the Clifton park website, it doesn’t appear to be there. Do you know whether its being given ?
    Thank you.

    • karend says:

      Hi, We are not running a camp that week in Clifton Park, but maybe RPI is. I would call the Town of Clifton Park and see what they say. You can reach them at 371-6667.
      Thank you,
      Karen

  7. beth says:

    Do you have any summer camp openings left for a 13 year old interested in robotics anywhere in the capital region?

    • karend says:

      Hello;
      Thanks for contacting Bits, Bytes & Bots- Computer Adventures regarding our summer technology camps. Unfortunately, we do not have any openings in a robotics camp, but there a few openings in the camps at the Brown School in Schenectady for the Video Game Creation or Stop Motion Animated Movie Making camps the week of Aug 4-8. If you are interested in enrolling, you can fill out a registration form which is on the website.
      Thank you!
      Karen

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