PAST EVENTS IN 2018
After School Robotics Program (Fall 2018)
Session 1 (Fall 2018):
Students learned how to assemble a robot using the VEX EDR Platform. By the end of the camp, students were able to write a ROBOTC autonomous program that enabled the robot to navigate through a maze. The video shows the robot executing a program written by one of the student teams.
Introduction to VEX Robotics Summer Camp
Week of July 23, 2018: Campers had the opportunity to build and program mini VEX robots. They collaborated and worked together to accomplish given tasks. Campers walked away understanding how to write autonomous ROBOTC programs as well as how to program sensors and the controller.
Introduction to Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing Summer Camp
Week of July 16, 2018: Campers were introduced to concepts of 3D design using Autodesk Inventor to create project sketches and print the resulting 3D files onto a 3D printer. By the end of camp students had an idea for how to approach the design process ad tap into their creativity. The pictures show the various projects that were used. Students also learned about the various filaments used for 3D printing.
Community Safety Event , Freedom High School, Woodbridge, VA
June 30, 2018:
Our robots were displayed in a booth at the during the Community Safety Event held in Woodbridge, VA. The event included the tips and displays on child safety by Sheriff’s Department, National Capital Poison Control Center, Prince William Fire Department and many others.
VEX Robotics Summer Camp – Leesburg, VA
Week of June 25, 2018: Campers learned how to assemble a robot using the VEX EDR Platform. Campers were challenged with practical problems to demonstrate principles of programming and the influence of structure on performance. By the end of the camp, students were able to write a ROBOTC autonomous program that enabled the robot to navigate through a maze.
Robotics Fun Hour at Taekwondo Summer Camp
June 21, 2018:
Campers at US Tigers in Gainesville, VA took part in a robotics activities fun hour. Below are comments from participants:
– “It was fun, enjoyable and I had lots of cool stuff to do and I was amazed to see the robot that can pick up the cones!”
– “I thought it was amazing and I want you to come back again. I hope you guys win at competitions”
– “I liked how the Robots were easy to control, and the games are fun.”
Contact Us if you want to book a fun activity for your camp or birthday party event(s).
Juneteenth Celebration at Merchant Park, Dumfries, VA
June 16, 2018:
Abacus Robotics was invited by Future Kings, a non-profit organization in Woodbridge, VA to bring our robots for children to have a chance to play with during the Juneteenth Celebrations held at Merchant Park, in Dumfries, VA. Children from elementary all the way to high school had a good time playing with the robots and the attendants at the picnic were made aware of STEM activities that are available.
Community Outreach Activity – Senior Center, Gainesville, VA
June 2, 2018:
We took our robotics building program to the Gainesville Senior Center. Members of our Competitive Team, Ironmechs, were on hand to interact and work with the residents in building the robots. This allows for cross-generational sharing and interaction. We believe that building, programming and driving robots can be learned at any age.
Older adults can be intimidated by technology. Taking part in robot building, programming and driving will help to reduce this barrier and enable seniors to stay current with changes in technology.
Westmarket Community Open House
May 19, 2018:
Our robots were displayed at a residential community center where children in the neighborhood got the chance to drive and play with the robots. The opportunity was made possible by the Westmarket HOA.
Springbreak Robotics Camp – Leesburg, VA
Week of 3/26/2018:
Campers learned how to assemble a robot using the VEX EDR Platform. Campers were challenged with practical problems to demonstrate principles of programming and the influence of structure on performance. By the end of the camp, students were able to write a ROBOTC autonomous program that enabled the robot to navigate through a maze.