Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School

NASA's Robotics Summer Camp Opportunity

NASA's Education Resource Center Offers Robotics Summer Camps!


Thanks to our amazing sponsors including NASA's IV&V Program, the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium, and Fairmont State University, along with our numerous statewide partners/hosts, we are again able to provide affordable, hands-on, fun 4-day robotics summer camp programs for WV students.  We are also taking requests for 1-day Boot Camps to help start new competitive teams.  


Summer Camps:

Our camps are 4-day, hands-on programs focusing on fundamental building and programming skills, games, and fun challenges.  Each camp will provide information on age appropriate competitions and how to get involved and stay engaged in robotics.  Camps are staffed by NASA’s college interns sponsored by the IV&V Facility and the WV Space Grant Consortium, and hosted at partner sites across the state. Cost includes a morning and afternoon snack, use of robots, tablets, and all materials.  Campers must bring their own bag lunch.  Suggested Donation for the ½ day camp is $50/student and $100/student for the all-day camp to cover our travel expenses, but you are always welcome to donate more to cover those less fortunate.  We will have a parent meeting on at 6:00 PM Monday night to cover the expectations of your campers, and will collect all donations at that time. (Checks should be made out to Fairmont State University).  


NEW!  This year we are providing 3 age groups by extending our camps to younger learners. You may drop off your camper ½ hour before and pick up ½ after the camp times.  


·     Ages 6-8, half-day 9am-12pm, LEGO WeDo Robot

·     Ages 9-11, 9am-4pm LEGO®EV3 and VEX IQ. 

·     Ages 12-14, 9am-4pm LEGO®EV3 and VEX IQ.


Reserve your spot today. Space is limited.  https://forms.gle/9RwfsjhLqcPWX2xKA


Week 1: June 4-7, CASTEM in Beckley, WV

Week 2: June 11-14, James Rumsey, Martinsburg, WV

Week 3: June 18-22, RCBI, Huntington, WV

Week 4: June 25-28, FSU, Fairmont, WV

Week 5: July 23-26, Bridge Valley CTC, S.Charleston, WV

Week 6: July 30-Aug. 2, Mountaineer Middle, Morgantown, WV


If you have questions about the 4-day camps, please contact: 

Ryan (Ryan.E.Utzman@nasa.gov) or 

Todd (Todd.I.Ensign@nasa.gov).  


Competitive Robotics Boot Camps:

These 1 day camps cover how to get started running a robotics team and are designed for 1-2 coaches and 2-4 students (the goal is to serve up to 5 people/team).  These camps are hosted by our partners and teams must provide their own transportation, meals, etc.  While robots can be loaned to a team for the training, we recommend you bring your own.  You can schedule one of these Boot Camps by contacting Ryan (Ryan.E.Utzman@nasa.gov), Claire (cdoemland@firstinspires.org), or Todd (Todd.I.Ensign@nasa.gov).  If you want to learn about the various program, there are links from our website http://wvroboticsalliance.org

·     FIRST®LEGO®League Jr. (1/2 day)

·     FIRST®LEGO®League (1-day)

·     VEX IQ (1-day)

·     VRC (1-day)

·     FTC (1-day) 



Todd I. Ensign, Ed.D., Program Manager

NASA IV&V ERC / Fairmont State University

100 University Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554

Voice:  304-367-8438  Cell: 304-685-3146

E-Mail:  Todd.I.Ensign@nasa.gov  

ERC: http://erc.ivv.nasa.gov