Summer Robotics Programs

Robotics Summer Camps - Sponsored by PIE3, the Robo-Lions - FRC Team 2199, affiliated FTC teams, STEMaction, and Freedom Area Recreation Council

  • PIE3 is a non-profit affiliate of Freedom Area Recreation Council
  • The Robo-Lions are a FIRST Robotics Competition Team (FRC Team 2199) open to all high school students.  
  • Affiliated FTC Teams include the RoboCavs, the Gear Freaks, Cubix^3.
  • New for 2016:  Two weeks of sessions will be hosted in a new and well-equipped facility in Columbia dedicated to robotics programs.  The USRA STEMaction Center is a new central location for students in the Baltimore-Washington area to access STEM technology including robotics.  In addition to the PIE3 teams, these sessions will include more robotics teams, teachers and mentors who bring new activities and demonstrations to share. 

Ages: Youth (ages 6-12, see individual sessions for age limits)

Times: Morning sessions 9-12, Afternoon 1-4.  No before/after care available.


  • June through July 15 Location:  Freedom Optimist Hall, 6315 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg 21784
  • July 20 through Aug 5 Location:  STEMaction Center, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046

Cost:  $170 per session.  Includes t-shirt and daily snack.

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LEGO Fun Session (ages 6-12, one session only for 6-8 year-olds)

Returning for a fifth year, with new activities and the same great counselors, Lego Fun Camp includes an introduction to Lego NXT programming for Mindstorms and SuGo games, a friendly and fun competition and all sorts of activities like paper airplanes, making buttons, and engineering challenges. On the final day, teams showcase their robots and skills. Depending on the level of experience and interest of the campers, some modifications to the camp may be made. 

For the first time, one session will be geared toward younger students.  July 11-15 morning session will include age-appropriate instruction and activities for 6-8 year-olds.  Other sessions are more suited to ages 8-12. 

  • June 20-24, 9am – 12 pm at Freedom Optimist Hall
  • June 27- July 1, 9am – 12 pm at Freedom Optimist Hall
  • July 11-15, 9 am – 12 pm at Freedom Optimist Hall (ages 6-8 this session ONLY)
  • July 25-29, 1 pm- 4 pm at USRA STEMaction Center
  • Aug 1-5, 9 am – 12 pm at USRA STEMaction Center

Girls in Engineering (ages 8-12)

This camp will include engineering challenges like egg drop and bridge building, guest speakers, a field trip and, of course, Lego robots and SuGo. There will be many more creative crafts and teambuilding activities as well. GIRLS ONLY!!   Girls interested in these activities and not able to make this session are encouraged to enroll in any Lego Fun Camp or the afternoon Advanced Lego Programming.

  • July 25-29, 9 am – 12 pm at USRA STEMaction Center
  • July 11-15, 1 pm – 4 pm at Freedom Optimist Hall

Advanced Lego Programming and Accomplishing Missions (ages 9-12, experience required)

This week-long exploration of advanced concepts in programming Mindstorm robots will be based on the EV3 programming language. Instructors include the incomparable Mr. Lee (from SCHS) and outstanding FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge team members. This session will stress the value of teamwork by grouping campers into teams of three or four members and teaching them to work as an FLL team does. Teams will work to build robots to accomplish multiple missions from past FLL challenges. The last hour of the camp will host a competition for friends and parents to watch. Some knowledge of NXT or EV3 programming language is required, or permission of the instructor.

  • June 20-24, 1-4 pm at Freedom Optimist Hall
  • June 27- Jul 1, 1-4 pm at Freedom Optimist Hall
  • Aug 1-5, 1-4 pm at the USRA STEMaction Center

For all sessions - Robots, software, laptops and building materials provided. Snack included daily. The Robo-Lions will bring their big robot to all camps, and share their FIRST Robotics Competition experience. FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Lego League teams co-host the camps and also bring robot demonstrations.

All sessions subject to change based on enrollment.

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