The Mission to Mars camp explores the computer science that goes into a mission to Mars. Every year we explore different computer science elements. The elements we will explore this year are:
Each day builds on the previous day. Programming to graphics, then AI to robotics. On day one everyone will learn how to program a computer. On day two programming knowledge will be applied to process graphic images. Processing graphic images is currently a large focus in exploring planets. Robots do this as their walk about Mars. Satelites do this as theyr circle Mars. After this we will learn about Artificial Intelligence and get to interact with an application program that permits the student to program a brain. Once this has been mastered, day four will be focused on programming robots. The skills they learned from the previous days will all be focused here as the participant programs the brains of real robots.
The last day of the camp is devoted to the BBQ and Competition. Each Competition Team will be given a robot to program and three events that they will compete in. The events will be a surprise and announced on the Thursday. They will have Thursday afternoon and Friday morning to prepare. Points will be tallied and the best teams will receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
A tour will be organized to view the robotics labs at McGill University. We will also have the option to attend the Game camp tour.
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