My robotics summer camps were born from a simple request to continue my robotics courses in Summer, too, without stopping them.
And from the willing to be able to physically take part into by children who followed my Skype courses over the year.
The robotics summer camps saw 5-14 years old children and young people as protagonists, engaged with many different activities.
You have to know that right this is the strength point of my summer camps, as well the robotics courses.
The offers you usually find are quite sectional: robotics, play or formation.
My activities join in a unique program all these different aspects of the children’s formation, because people are like that in their polyhydric whole as a group!
Our days rolled by at the San Michele parish centre among creative labs, sport, great games and a bit of introspection about emotions.
When we came back, in the afternoon, we devoted ourselves to robotics, not only “nerd” things, but also maker: hot glue, soldering iron, plastic pieces, engines, small sticks and syringes, too…
So said it seems and odd thing, actually the children built – over a week – a robotic arm and a motorized lorry which is able to move, load and unload things.
The most beautiful thing is that they learnt the principles of the hydraulic power playing and enjoying themselves.
Even if they are 5 years old!
Our days kept going on with games in the swimming pool. We had poolside breakfasts as well poolside dinners at the sunset.
After dinner, all the evenings we measured ourselves with a great game catapulting us into a parallel universe where there were several challenges to solve with aliens, dinosaurs, messengers, witches, ghosts and really much more…
Fun at the light of torches to solve the riddles was granted!
Then to make the experience even more adventurous and exciting, at night we slept in a tent all together: also this one was an aspect welcomed to children and parents. Children experimented (it was the first time for many of them!) the thrill of a camping and parents weren’t worried because the tent was set in a fenced garden and the toilet was inside the house.
We stayed together 24h always putting fun and children’s happiness at the first place, to be able to make the week spent here unforgettable for everyone – for different reasons, of course.
It was beautiful to see how childen were very autonomous and collaborative, helping each other.
They forgot to call their own parents and they had never time to do it!
They followed every imaginary journey with great interest and got in touch with their own fears (for example the dark or sleeping outside for the first time) to try overcome them. And they were really good!
My greatest satisfaction: the messages received in the following days by parents and the vocal messages of “my kids”, by now, who couldn’t wait to do again some weekends waiting for the next Summer!
For many of them also the presence of Cailin, a perfectly bilingual child who corrected our pronunciation teaching us English, was a great added value.
A great goal reached for me and many new projects and – why not? – dreams to take on: my new classroom in San Michele completely restored is almost ready for the activities and really many new courses for all age groups, for children, young people and adults beginning in September!
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