Classes/Camps

For the Summer of 2020, Playing At Learning will be hosting several weeks of youth-robotics camps at The Play Space.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR Summer 2020!!!!

Due to the uncertainties of the ability to hold camps during the COVID-19 constraints, we are cautiously making the following adjustments to our camps:
  • camps will not start until mid-July
  • registration will be limited to 12 students rather than the traditional 24
  • students will work alone at their own 6' table
  • all equipment will be sanitized between camp weeks
  • if a week of camp is canceled due to city, county or state requirements, any camp registration fees for the week will be completely refunded.
  • it is possible that there will be additional adjustments made as more is learned on best practices for class/camp delivery.

Registration Open!!!

Registration for the 2020 Playing At Learning summer camps is now open!

We are anticipating that the camps will start to fill very quickly.  Registration is being done through an online storefront (via Square.com).  You will need to have a credit card ready to complete your registration.

All camps (with one exception) will be Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm and will take place at The Play Space building at 2215 Oakland Rd. Suite B, San Jose, CA 95131.


Please make sure to include your child's name in the "notes" portion of the checkout!

The 2020 Camps are:

 Week  Camp  # Students  Camp Fee  Ages
 June 22 - 26 EV3/FLL - City Shapers (2019) 12 $435 9-14
June 26 - July 3     NO CAMP - 4th of July Week - --
 July 6 - 10  NO CAMP - 4th of July Week -  - -
July 13 - 17  EV3/FLL - Animal Allies (2016)  12 $435 9-14
 July 20 - 24  EV3/FLL - Senior Solutions (2012)  12 $435 9-14
 July 27 - 31 EV3/FLL - Trash Trek (2015) 12$4359-14
 Aug 3 - 7  EV3/FLL - Into Orbit (2018)  12 $435 9-14
 Aug 10 - 14 EV3/FLL - 2020 Challenge (2020)  12 $4359-14

Camp Descriptions

The EV3/FIRST LEGO League camps all utilize the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kit to provide an introduction to robotics and engineering. The FIRST LEGO League games are used as a challenge to provide a fun activity while the students are learning! The year in parenthesis in the table above is the year that the named game was originally released.

Students will be provided a solid foundation in programming with the EV3 programming language. The class will largely be self-paced, with each pair of students working as fast or as slow as needed to develop an understanding of the system.

Returning students will have the opportunity to work deeper and develop a stronger set of problem solving skills. The classes are sized and staffed to allow a high degree of individualized experimentation and learning!

No prior experience with LEGO Mindstorms required.

Most camps have the students working in pairs.

Students should NOT bring their own equipment!

The Camp Staff

The 2020 robotics camps at The Play Space will be taught by Mark Edelman, co-founder of Playing at Learning and partner for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge for Northern California. Mark has more than 12 years of teaching robotics to students 4th grade through college.

Mark volunteers his time at the various FIRST Robotics Competition Regionals in the Northern California area.  He also serves as global head referee for the FIRST Tech Challenge Program.

Mark has mentored teams in FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, Botball and currently mentors FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2489, The Insomniacs from Fremont, CA.

In addition to Mr. E, the classes will be staffed with several high school robotics participants, volunteering as camp aides.

Camp/Class Policies

All campers (and their parents) are expected to abide by the camp/class policies for classes at The Play Space.

Required Forms

All campers are required to submit two forms prior to the start of the first day of each camp/class they are enrolled to attend.
Please download, print, complete, and bring these forms to the first day of camp.


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Mark Edelman,
Apr 16, 2013, 1:43 PM
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Mark Edelman,
Apr 16, 2013, 1:43 PM
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