What is Robot Boot Camp?
Robot Boot camp is an annual crash-course training session offered to local area Teams by the EngiNERDs. Students on Team 2337 participate in, as well as teach at tables that explain more than 25 different areas of FIRST.
Each center is designed to give hands-on demonstrations, and engage the participants in subjects including brainstorming, mechanical and electrical tools, scouting, teamwork, milling, welding, and much more.
How does Robot Boot Camp Work?
Robot Boot Camp utilizes hands-on learning centers as the basis for instruction. Participants are divided into small groups, and rotate through all of the centers each night. Each station is instructed by a member of Team 2337 who has extensive knowledge of the specific subject.
Participants spend 7 minutes at most centers, and 14 minutes at stations such as the Mill, Lathe, and Welding. By the end of the evening, participants will leave with a general knowledge of nearly everything FIRST and FRC.
What's going on at The 2012 Robot Boot Camp?
Monday, October 7
6:30 - 8:30pm
Effective Presentations and Awards
Marketing, Communications and Publications
Measuring a Hole
Drilling and Tapping a Hole
*Tentative Schedule of Events, actual content may vary throughout the three days.
Want to Join us for Boot Camp?
Team 2337 would like to invite your team out to join us for the 6th Annual EngiNERDs' Robot Boot Camp. The EngiNERDs' 2013 Robot Boot Camp is open to students, mentors, and parents on your team. Training sessions will assist attendees in developing knowledge and skills for the upcoming 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Season.
The History of Robot Boot Camp
Robot Boot Camp was started in 2008, and was only open to returning members and Grand Blanc High School students looking to join the EngiNERDs. The inaugural year served as a way to introduce brand new members to the Team, and to help the veteran members become better-versed in more areas of the Team. Instruction lasted one night, and included a handful of stations on the very basics of building a Robot such as chassis, wiring, building materials, and fasteners.
In 2009, The EngiNERDs decided to expand Robot Boot Camp to the Team's Mentors and Parents, as well as to one area Team from Swartz Creek. The attendance at the second annual Robot Boot Camp was nearly double of the first year.
This year also brought about a massive expansion in the number of subjects that were covered. In order to accommodate the growing number of students and subjects, the second annual Robot Boot Camp was extended to two nights, and 17 stations. New centers included information on Gracious Professionalism, Scouting, Alliance Slection, and Awards.
By 2010, Robot Boot Camp had exploded! Teams from Swartz Creek, Flint Southwestern, Carman-Ainsworth, Lapeer, and Clarkston were invited to attend; and more than 70 students, mentors, and parents attended each of the three nights.
Throughout the 2010 Robot Boot Camp, attendees were introduced to more than 30 centers covering previous years' subjects, along with the addition of "Minute to Win It" challenges, brainstorming activities, as well as hands-on training on a Mill, Lathe, and Welding.
Read more details about the EngiNERDs Robot Boot Camp instruction centers by visiting the list of previous years' subjects.