Our camps are going virtual!!

For the first time, we’re hosting our one-week long camps in the cyber world and are looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Camps have been modified to include both synchronous (live with instructor) and asynchronous (offline at your own pace) learning, all under the guidance of our awesome undergrad camp counselors. We are also well aware of possible burn-out that students may be experiencing from daily Zoom sessions or similar platforms. Therefore, the weekly camp schedules will consist of 3 guided Zoom instruction days and 2 informal Zoom drop-in days in between that students can choose to participate in at their own leisure/pace. Materials for all camps will be provided in a box kit either via direct shipping or curbside pickup at a location to be determined.    Check out all the details below and join us this summer!

Age Range & Expectations

FABcamp is intended for students who will be entering 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall of 2020. The average age range of our participants is between 11 and 14. All campers will be expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Willing to work individually or collaborate with others when the opportunity is presented
  • Comfortable and flexible with learning virtually through platforms such as Zoom, Flipgrid, Google Classroom, etc.
  • Open to sharing your own ideas and respecting those of your peers
  • Desire to think outside the box to identify solutions and solve problems
  • Be prepared to F.A.I.L: “First Attempt In Learning”. Failure is OK in this camp. It is NOT OK to give up.

Technical Requirements

The virtual aspect of our camps does require certain technical requirements for students at home. They are the following:

  • Access to a computer or tablet device with reliable WiFi connectivity and audio input/output to join Zoom calls
  • A computer/laptop for working with the web-based CAD software Onshape
  • A working area of about 3ft x 3ft (not including the computer/tablet) is encouraged for hands-on projects
  • For Raspberry Pi:
    • External monitor/display with HDMI input
    • USB Keyboard and Mouse (wired or wireless)
    • Additional power outlets (on wall or via extension cord, with surge protector if possible)

Camp Sessions & Descriptions:

We highly encourage students to complete the entire FABcamp series starting with 1.0 as each level builds on the knowledge of the previous one. However, they are no longer required to complete lower level camps before moving to the higher level ones (i.e. completing 1.0 before going to 2.0 or completing 2.0 before going to 3.0). Instead, we have indicated what the recommended skill set your student should have in order to be adequately prepared for each level. You may register your student directly into 2.0 or 3.0 if you feel she/he meets the recommended criteria. Please make an honest assessment, keeping in mind that refunds will not be given within 7 days of the first day of camp.

FABcamp 1.0 Virtual
During this intro camp, students will learn about different engineering disciplines currently offered as a major in the School of Engineering through hands-on projects. Some projects will be facilitated live and others will be for students to do at their own pace. Students will explore computer-aided design (CAD) software with Onshape and learn about rapid prototyping and fabrication technologies. Drop-in sessions in between instruction days will give students the flexibility to discuss projects with our camp counselors and engage with potential guest speakers.

AVAILABLE DATES & WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • Session 1.1: July 6-10, 2020 (CLOSED)
  • Session 1.2: July 13-17, 2020 (Last day to register: July 6)
  • Monday- 1:00-3:00pm (Zoom Instruction)
  • Tuesday- 11:00-200pm (Informal Zoom drop-in sessions)
  • Wednesday- 1:00-3:00pm (Zoom Instruction)
  • Thursday- 11:00-200pm (Informal Zoom drop-in sessions)
  • Friday- 1:00-3:00pm (Zoom Instruction)

Recommendations for students to enroll in this camp:

  • No prior engineering knowledge is necessary
  • No prior experience with computer-aided design (CAD) is necessary
  • Willing to learn about engineering disciplines through hands-on projects both on your own and with instructors
  • Comfortable working on a computer to learn computer-aided design (CAD)

FABcamp 2.0 Virtual
In this camp, students will explore the wonderful world of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and digital making. Guided by our awesome undergrad counselors, students will combine computer-aided design (CAD) with physical computing (circuits + coding) to build a “classic” childhood game. Drop-in sessions in between instruction days will give students the flexibility to discuss projects with our camp counselors and engage with potential guest speakers.

AVAILABLE DATES & WEEKLY SCHEDULE: 

  • Session 2.1: July 20-24, 2020 (Last day to register: July 13)
  • Session 2.2: July 27-31, 2020 (Last day to register: July 20)
  • Monday- 1:00-3:00pm (Zoom Instruction)
  • Tuesday- 11:00-200pm (Informal Zoom drop-in sessions)
  • Wednesday- 1:00-3:00pm (Zoom Instruction)
  • Thursday- 11:00-200pm (Informal Zoom drop-in sessions)
  • Friday- 1:00-3:00pm (Zoom Instruction)

Recommendations for students to enroll in this camp:

  • No prior experience with Raspberry Pi is necessary; open to learning with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, including wiring and coding simple circuits
  • Some knowledge of the web-based software Onshape or similar CAD platform; students are encouraged to create their own free educational Onshape account prior to camp
  • Some understanding of fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting
  • Prior experience with block-based coding is helpful but not necessary

FABcamp 3.0 Virtual (same as our sister program APPcamp 3.0 Virtual)
This hybrid maker camp is a culmination of the skills learned in our 1.0 and 2.0 virtual camps, where participants will put their newly gained design and coding skills to the test in an open-ended challenge. Students will dive deeper into the power of the Raspberry Pi by learning how to wire and code a variety of hardware, including Sense Hat, Explorer Hat, motor control, light/motion/sound sensors, etc. Under the guidance of our counselors, students will have the opportunity to collaborate on the design and build of an original idea using the Onshape CAD software and Raspberry Pi systems and share it with everyone at the end of the week. Drop-in sessions in between instruction days will give students the flexibility to discuss projects with our camp counselors and engage with potential guest speakers.

AVAILABLE DATES & WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • Session 3.1: August 3-7, 2020 (Last day to register: July 27)
  • Monday- 10:30-12:30pm (Zoom Instruction)
  • Tuesday- 11:00-200pm (Informal Zoom drop-in sessions)
  • Wednesday- 10:30-12:30pm (Zoom Instruction)
  • Thursday- 11:00-200pm (Informal Zoom drop-in sessions)
  • Friday- 10:30-12:30pm (Zoom Instruction)

Recommendations for students to enroll in this camp:

  • Prior experience designing with Onshape or similar CAD software is necessary; Onshape is the platform used in this camp series
  • Prior experience with the Raspberry Pi, including knowledge about using the GPIO pins and coding platforms Scratch and Python is encouraged
  • Comfortable with wiring simple circuits
  • Some experience with block-based (Scratch) and/or text-based (Python) coding is encouraged
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, meaning that the final project is open-ended and completely up to the teams to create; scripted projects will not be provided

Cost:

Each one-week session is $350 and includes all materials in a box kit available via shipping to your home or with curbside pickup at a location to be determined later. Current UCI faculty and staff ware eligible for a $50.00 discount.

To enroll, please proceed to the REGISTRATION page.