Camp Overview

Instructor Information

About me: Alex Milewski

I am a Movement Artist, Engineer and Educator based in Boulder. I started my obsession with Engineering at age 8 when I got my first Lego mindstorms set for Christmas. I never looked back, and ended up graduating CU Boulder with a degree in Mechanical Engineering 15 years later (2013). I founded a tech startup in Australia in 2012, and ran that for 5 years out of school. I am also a professional dancer (primarily Breakdancing) and have taught and performed around the world. In 2009, I discovered that my passion for Engineering and Legos was eclipsed by my Love for sharing wonder and excitement with kids through teaching. My Robotics classes are a direct manifestation of my Love for Engineering and teaching, and i'm so grateful for the opportunity to share my passions with students!

Contact info[1]

Class location: 3371 Hickok Pl. Boulder, 80301. **Please either park in the spot #8 (second from the end on the left) or in a "Visitor" spot: we cannot park in any other spot numbers without sad neighors.

Child safety and rules for everyone to be aware of

House Safety[2]

Safe touch & Body Autonomy [3]

Camp Information

Camp Description

Camp will consist of a “challenge” robotics project using Lego Mindstorms electrical and mechanical parts, and Scratch coding. Students will work together and independently on the project and culminate in a “demo day” on Friday afternoon. No prior experience required, but a passion for Lego recommended!

The Challenge

The challenge at this camp is a “search and rescue” robotics project. There has been a radioactive waste leak at a trash incinerator, and the surrounding area has been contaminated. It's up to you and your team of Engineers to create robots to seek out the survivors who are holed up in rescue pods and bring those pods outside of the contaminated zone. Students will need to follow the Project Specifications [4]to resuce as many pods as possible within the time limit.

Student Learning Outcomes & Objectives

Student Learning Objectives[5]

Camp Objectives[6]

Class expectations[7]

Engineering Design Process

Camp Outline/Schedule

Day 1 (6/7): Challenge overview and foundations

9am: Welcome and introductions!

  • Meet at Alex's house (3371 Hickok Pl, Boulder), parents please come in!

  • Brief tour of "the lab"

  • Icebreakers and movement games

9:30am: The lab!

  • Technical intro:

    • Lab overview

    • Basic Lego components and locations of parts

    • Engineering Design Process (EDP)

    • Free build/explore

10:30am: Getting our hands (and brains) going

  • Introduction to technic mechanisms (gear trains, treads, motor types, etc)

    • Pick-a-project simple mechanical build from book(s)

  • Introduciton to coding

    • //code game

    • Scratch overview

Noon: Lunch at Howard Heuston Park (just down the street)

1:30pm(ish): Project introduction

Search and Rescue challenge

  • Introduce ultrasonic sensors

  • Challenge introduction

  • Individual brainstorms

  • Present ideas to group

  • Delegate components & teams

  • Start building

3:00pm: Pickup at Alex house!

Day 2 (6/8): The Work day!!

9am: Park warm-up!

  • Meet at Howard Heuston Park for warm-up games (parents & siblings welcome to join!)

9:45am: Getting going!

Review components and teams

  • Review the "game plan"

  • What needs to be done?

  • Current roadblocks?

  • Continue working on bots: aim to get to a "testing" point by noon

Noon: Lunch at Howard Heuston Park

1:30pm(ish): Finish hardware!

What needs to be done to finish mechanisms and be ready to test/code tomorrow?

  • Finish building

  • Test

3:00pm: Pickup at Alex house!

Day 3 (6/9): Demo day!

9am: Park warm-up!

  • Meet at Howard Heuston Park for warm-up games (parents & siblings welcome to join!)

9:45am: Get coding!

Review components and teams

  • What needs to be done to finish hardware?

  • Current roadblocks?

  • Begin coding!

  • Aim to be ready for test run by noon!

Noon: Lunch at Howard Heuston Park

1:30pm(ish): Test run!

  • Final tweaks and game plan

  • Run a full test

    • What worked? What didn't

    • Final fixes and tweaks!

2:30pm: parents arrive for final challenge demo!

3:00pm: closing words and departure!

- May the Force be with you! -


Phone: 3032486834



Open Door Policy:

All inside doors are kept open during classes. My front door is always "open" as well, and all parents are encouraged to stop by (or stay) for class whenever they like!

Substances & guns:

There are no illegal substances of any sort in my home. Any legal & prescription substances are kept out of sight and not in "public" spaces. This is a gun-free home: there are no firearms or other dangerous weapons (beyond kitchen knives) here.

No secrets: I will never ask students to keep secrets from eachother or parents.


I will only initiate consensual, safe touch like high fives. If a student initiates a casual hug, I will reciprocate that... I also ask students to limit rough-housing and maintain their body autonomy with eachother in class, and will support students if they seem uncomfortable with physical play from peers (and communicate with parents if this happens).

All children have aright to physical autonomy and to feel comfortable. If they feel uncomfortable in their body, they are encouraged to honor that and I will always support them in that autnomy.

  • Contaminated zone will be elevated (top of a table)

  • Buffer zone is 3' radius around the table (no human can enter the buffer zone)

  • There will be 3 rescue pods, starting on the table

  • Rescue pods must be completely outside of buffer zone to be considered "saved"

  • TIme limit for rescue mission is 10 minutes

  • Knowledge and implementation of the Engineering Design Process

  • Basic understanding of how motors and gears work, including worm & rack gears

  • Introductory programming concepts (if statements, loops, etc)

  • Basic understanding of structural integrity and building sturdy machines

  • Using sensors, motors, coding and a microcontroller, to allow a machine to respond to stimuli in its environment

  • Working in a group to solve a problem

  • Having fun

  • Sparking curiosity

  • Teamwork

  • Learning basic problem solving skills and the Engineering Design Process

  • Understanding what makes a robot a robot, vs just an electrical machine

  • Understanding of building/prototyping machines with LEGO

  • Basic understanding of what programming is

  • Engage

  • Communicate

  • Work together

  • Be curious and open minded

  • Be respectful and kind to everyone