Classes/Camps

For the Summer of 2022, Playing At Learning will be hosting several weeks of youth-robotics camps at The Play Space.

NOTICE FOR Summer 2022!!!!

We will following all State/County/City guidance with respect to any emerging changes/restrictions related to health safety. More information on our policies and adaptations will follow as we get closer to the camps.

Registration Open!!!

Registration for the 2022 Playing At Learning summer camps is 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 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.

Registration now available!

Follow the link above to register!

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

The 2022 Camps are:

2021 Camps

Camp Descriptions

The Spike/FIRST LEGO League camps all utilize the LEGO Mindstorms Spike Prime 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 Icon Blocks or Words Blocks (Scratch-like) programming languages. 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 2021 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 13 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.