By Kaitlyn An, Special to the Tribune
San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics team’s annual six-week summer camp is moving along nicely.
Now open to students in 6th through 12th grades, Titanium Robotics’ summer camp is designed to learn the ins and outs of the robotics program, while gaining an exposure to STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, in an applied environment. Students will be able to explore all fields of robotics, including, but not limited to, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer-aided design (CAD) and programming.
The campers will also learn about business elements such as marketing, finance and graphic design.
The curriculum’s hands-on projects introduce the robotics lifestyle in a broad range of builds and events. Classes are held Tuesday through Thursday in the SMHS robotics room from 1 to 4 p.m.
In the first week of camp, the students were given a cursory overview of what the robotics school year looks like, and they completed safety training. The group of middle and high school students met this year’s Titanium cabinet and got a glimpse of what it is like to be on the team through an introductory presentation given by engineering president Lillian Panning and business president Celine Chih.
Students were then separated into groups, paired with team members and trained on how to properly use specific equipment such as bandsaws, a drill press and metal files. On the second day, students were able to apply their safety training in a “Wooden Car Competition,” where students designed and built cars that were then judged based on speed, creativity and distance.
Campers first prototyped their car design given bolts, washers and 2”x 4” and 4” x 4” beams of wood. Under cabinet supervision, they then used tools from their prior safety training to construct their cars.
At the end of the day, students presented cars of all different shapes and designs, and competed to see which one would reach the farthest. In an exciting tournament, winning teams won prizes like robotics merchandise and cut swords, ending the first week with immediate success.
The Titanium Robotics cabinet has been working on important off-season projects. Most excitingly, members of the engineering team have completed assembling their first swerve module, and have mastered their newly acquired router.
The business cabinet has also been hard at work planning summer outreach events such as the annual barbeque.
Titanium members also had the pleasure of attending a beach social hosted by other Southern California robotics teams for a bonfire by the ocean.
In the upcoming weeks, students will be introduced to activities such as programming, learning about CAD models and mechanical assembly, as well as planning their own outreach events to further their enrichment in the robotics lifestyle.
To find out more about joining the team or to ask questions, contact email@example.com or visit titaniumrobotics.com.