This is our original program offering which we continue to operate. It is a two-week robot camp for students. It started as only an elementary and middle school program but we have added a high school camp. Students spend ten full days learning how to program and build small robots and then either conduct an end of camp demonstration or robot tournament. We stress connections to the workforce and conduct a field experience to help make that connection.
- Elementary camp for students currently in grades 1st & 2nd. We use the Lego WeDo robot system and curriculum developed by Lego Education group.
- Elementary camp for students currently in grades 3rd & 4th. We use the Lego NXT robot system and Robotics Engineering curriculum developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy.
- Middle school camp is for students currently in grades 5th – 7th. We use the VEX robot system and the RobotC programming environment developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy
- Download the 2011 SpaceTEAMS SUMMER CAMPS APPLICATION HERE
Scholarships are offered annually for families that need help paying for Summer Camps. Unfortunately, all of our scholarships have been awarded this year but we encourage you to apply for one next year - scholarships usually become available in May.
Summer 2011 is available to teams of teachers from SAISD via the GEAR UP program
High school teachers in the areas of mathematics, science, or career & technology will learn about educational robotics systems and how to integrate their use into their existing curriculum. We use the VEX robot system and the RobotC programming environment developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy. Additional topics include how to develop and structure a competitive robot team. Which includes grant writing and project management lessons.
First Senior Mentor: Mike Henry
Mike Henry, retired teacher and founder of the South San High School FIRST robot team, is our liaison who will be making contacts with representatives of the local industry as well as other community organizations. His tasks include:
- Mentor & Volunteer Recruiting - sharing information about educational robotics programs and how individuals or their company can be involved as mentors and / or partners
- How to be a Mentor Workshop – we will host workshops for individuals who are interested in mentoring but want to learn more about what is typically required or expected of a mentor. This workshop will also develop skill sets on how to effectively mentor school age students who are on a robotics team.
TIER is working to become an operational partner for the FIRST Lego League
TIER will host local qualifier tournaments for teams in the San Antonio and South Texas area. TIER greatly appreciates the many volunteers and members of the local planning committee who helped make this program a reality.
In November of 2009 we hosted our inaugural tournament at the Witte Museum with 14 registered teams competing.
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Seeking funding to offer this Institute again in the future...
TIER is an affiliate partner for the FIRST Tech Challenge. TIER will host an annual Championship tournament for teams in the southern half of the state of Texas. TIER greatly appreciates the many volunteers and members of the local planning committee to help make this program a reality. On March 15th, 2009 we hosted our inaugural tournament at the AT&T center with 35 registered teams competing in two divisions. (Click on link to download the program and to view a gallery of pictures taken at this event.)
Applications for the Summer 2010 will be available in the Spring
High school teachers of Algebra I will learn about educational robotics systems and how to integrate their use into their existing algebra I curriculum. We use the Lego NXTrobot system and the RobotC programming environment developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy. The 2009 cohort of teachers will evaluate the appropriateness of including curriculum modules developed by the Robotics Academy to teach current topics in Algebra I which are part of existing scope and sequences for area schools.
Now accepting applications for this new workshop!
This is a 2-day workshop for teachers and coaches who want to learn about the MATE ROV underwater robot competitions. It consists of two days of 100% hands-on activities and a visit to a pool to water-test ROVs built by participants. The workshop is lead by local veteran coach Texas Regional tournament coordinator.