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Robotics Camp

Build a robot that will see, hear, navigate and wrestle other robots!

Register online! (Read Enrollment Information on the right.)

Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: July 30-Aug. 3
9 am-3:30 pm

Boys and girls ages 8-12
Tuition: $395
Deposit required: $395 

Also available:
Extended day

Space is limited to 25 campers.

Camp Staff
Tim Lynch (aka "Doc") has been teaching science for the past 28 years, 20 years at Penn Charter, teaching biology, molecular biology, space biology, botany and robotics. Doc has received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program's Teacher Recognition Award. He will be assisted by some terrific staff from Penn Charter’s Day Camp.

Program Highlights

Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics system, campers will construct and program robots that can see, hear and touch to navigate through a variety of obstacle courses. Courses will include dangerously steep hills, daring cliffside assents, and the dark and dangerous passages of the Egyptian pyramids to retrieve ancient scrolls. Be warned, this camp may be more fun than you can handle! Campers will be part of a Robotics Research Team that will eventually compete in a winner-take-all robot wrestling match. Swim and recreational options included. 

Day 1     Build your first robot and learn to program its movements and sensors.

Day 2     Program your robot to take on your first robot challenge: Pendle Hill climb.

Day 3     Continue Pendle Hill climb and configure your robots for the next challenge – the dark passages of the pyramids.

Day 4     Emerge from the dark passages and prepare your robot to enter the jousting ring.

Day 5     Robot jousting!

Lunch Option
Don't feel like packing lunch in the summertime? Try our lunch option. Campers will be served a nutritious and balanced meal with various choices. Daily offerings will include one entree (salad, sandwich or grill item) one small drink, and one snack or fruit. Cost: $6/day, $30/week. Campers are encouraged to sign up in advance if interested in this option, although cash “drop-ins” will be accepted. The lunch option is not available for Junior Bunks (most three-, four- and five-year-olds). No refunds/credits for missed days/weeks. 

Extended-Day Program
Interested families may enroll in the extended-day option by indicating so in the appropriate space on the application. Campers may enroll in the Early-Bird Program, the After-Camp Program or both. Families who need this service occasionally or in an emergency must contact the director, and cash payment must be received the day the service is provided. Note: The After-Camp Program is not held on the last day of camp, Aug. 3.
Prices listed below apply to advanced registration only. Drop-ins accepted on a daily basis without registration for a cash fee of $15 per day, per program.

Early-Bird Program
Hours  Drop off any time between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Cost  $6/day, $30/week

After-Camp Program
Hours  3:30-5:45 p.m. Pick up any time before 5:45 p.m.
Cost  $11/day, $55/week
Snack and supervised activities included. 
A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged for pick-up after 5:45 p.m.

Transportation can be provided for campers from Center City and some surrounding communities. However, our provisions for your child’s transportation do have limits. Once an application has been submitted, any changes to pickup and drop-off locations must be e-mailed well in advance, and a $25 administrative fee will be charged. Friends of campers may not ride the buses unless they have signed up in advance for transportation. We ask your cooperation in registering early for this extra service.
Round-trip $100/week; one-way $50/week

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2018 Enrollment Information for One-Week Camps (except Enrichment and Varsity)

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Nonrefundable full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child. We accept credit card, money order, cash or checks payable to William Penn Charter School. There is also a nonrefundable $25 registration fee for each applicant (whether attending one or multiple camps). If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card, money order or cash. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for any changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes.

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities, instructions and materials, including a camp T-shirt. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this medical form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.

Welcome letters are available here or on our registration site:
Science Camp (ages 6-8) welcome letter to come
Science Camp (ages 9-12) welcome letter
Science Engineering Camp welcome letter 
Science Invention Camp welcome letter 
Robotics Camp welcome letter 
Drone Camp welcome letter  
Rocketry Camp welcome letter
Chess Camp welcome letter 
Adventures in Animation Camp welcome letter 
Filmmaking Academy welcome letter  
CodeCraft Academy (ages 9-12) welcome letter 
DesignCraft Academy welcome letter 
Girls Empowerment welcome letter 
Handwork Studios: Day and Fashion and Machine Sewing welcome letter 

Contact Information

If you have questions, contact:
Charles Kaesshaefer, Director
Penn Charter Summer Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 364

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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