Millburn Splash

Millburn Splash is a robotics program for elementary and middle school students created by members of the world-champion Millburn VEX Program. In our minds, robotics provides the best and most engaging introduction to STEM topics, while also providing an unparalleled opportunity for learning and growth.



Welcome to Millburn Splash

Millburn Splash is a weekly robotics class taught by members of the Millburn High School Robotics Team, including members of last year's VEX World Champion team, helping to spread the joy and learning of robotics. We have a unique philosophy: we help out students discover their talents and technique through problem-solving, a necessary skill for higher-level robotics competitions and any projects that our students may eventually undertake.

At Millburn Splash, we use the VEX IQ building system, but in a unique way: we create a cooperative competition that forces our students to innovate, learn, and grow together, while also providing a meaningful goal that our students will work towards. Additionally, our students work in small teams of two students to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to build, program, and drive their creations.

What is VEX IQ?

VEX IQ is a robotics platform tailored for elementary and middle school students that encourages STEM skills, such as hands-on building and programming abilities. VEX IQ is learned in a cooperative environment that fosters healthy competition in order to keep students engaged and eager to learn. In addition to the technical skills, students will learn about the engineering process and how to properly document their. VEX IQ will help students develop out of the box thinking and foster creativity through the design process of their robots.

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50+

Combined Instructors' Years of Robotics Competition Experience

8

Instructors' World Championships Qualifications

Registration

VEX IQ Classes

$380 / session

  • Support from World-Class Instructors

  • 2 Hours Per Week + Open Labs
    When possible, Splash will host free labs to allow students to have additional time working on their robots.

  • 10+ Classes Per Session

Our Classes

All of our classes are held at Millburn High School in the MILL (the makerspace).
Dates: 3/1, 3/8, 3/14, 3/22, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 6/7, 6/14

First Time Experience — Grades 3-6 — 9AM - 11AM and 11AM-1PM — This class is perfect for those just starting out with STEM activities; we make sure to start with the basics, but still provide a well-balanced foundation for their later activities. During this class, students will start by building and programming a drivetrain, and then work with their teammates and classmates to create, build, and program a solution for our internal challenge.

Build I — Grades 4-7 — 11:15AM - 1:15PM — In this class, students will be introduced to some additional build techniques and mechanisms. Throughout this class, we will focus on problem solving, using innovative challenges to display usages for their newfound knowledge.

Build II — Grades 6-8 — 9AM - 11AM — Throughout these weeks, we will focus on building linkages and holonomic drives, while also learning the programming necessary to control these designs. We will also teach different types of manipulators and intake, along with more complex gearing and movement mechanisms.

Code I — Grades 4-7 — 9AM - 11AM — This class is a student's introduction to sensor usage to control their robot. Throughout the class, students will gain experience with the gyroscope, distance sensor, and line following. Although this class is mostly taught in a graphical environment, the knowledge students gain is easily transferable to any other programming language.

Code II — Grades 6-8 — 11:15AM - 1:15PM — In this programming class, we encourage analytical thinking for our students. We use a text-based programming enviornment for this class to provide additional control over the robots for the students. Instead of teaching algorithms, students will learn how to imagine and design their own control algorithms for their robots. By the end of this course, students will be prepared to code any competition-ready robot's autonomous routines.

All of our classes are held at Millburn High School in the MILL (the makerspace).
Dates: 11/3, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 2/2, 2/8

First Time Experience — Grades 3-7 — 9AM - 11AM and 11AM-1PM
This class is perfect for those just starting out with STEM activities; we make sure to start with the basics, but still provide a well-balanced foundation for their later activities. During this class, students will start by building and programming a drivetrain, and then work with their teammates and classmates to create, build, and program a solution for our internal challenge.

Compete & Innovate — Grades 4-8 — 9AM-11AM
This is Splash's intermediate level class, meant for students with some STEM or robotics experience. This class will help students further develop their problem-solving skills, while working on a competitive challenge. Cooperating with a teammate, students will learn essential techniques and skills that are necessary for higher level robotics competitions.

Advanced Design and Code — Grades 6-8 — 11AM-1PM
This class is perfect for students with competitive experience, ready to upgrade their skills to the next level! Our program, taught by some of the best builders and programmers in the VEX world, will prepare your student for high-school competitive robotics. Students who excel in this class will be provided with the opportunity to compete in the official VEX IQ competition that may qualify them for state or world level competitions. Throughout these weeks, we will focus on building linkages and holonomic drives, while also learning the programming necessary to control these designs. Additionally, we will cover important programming concepts, and give students their first taste of text-based programming.

Get in touch

Phone

973-440-8590

Email

splash@hackmhs.com

Address

Millburn High School
462 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041