In order to motivate the pursuit of and interest in a STEM curriculum for 12–17 year olds, an interactive space exploration robotics camp was developed by the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory at the Florida Institute of Technology. The camp incorporated hands-on activities to explain robots and their practical uses. Problem solving with the versatile robot became the underlying theme of the camp under the guise of a space mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Team building exercises were designed and executed during the camp to teach about engineering and problem solving. Through teamwork, discussions, patience, and dexterity the two teams of the camp successfully completed the simulated mission to save the fictitious base on Europa. The summer camp curriculum was original work developed by RASSL to provide young people with an introduction to robotics. This paper discusses the robot kit development, the activities created for the week, the group competitions, the insight learned by RASSL, and the participant feedback about the camp. This work may be used as a template for creating a small scale robotics camp hosted by a university or high school robotics lab or club.

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