Bot Camp specializes in educational robotics programs, including day camps, after-school/weekend workshops, and competitive robotics teams. Founded by FIRST Robotics world champion Shawn Lim, students learn how to design, build, program and pilot robots that play sports. Free trial workshops available every week. *Programs fill very quickly* - Register online today!
What do you do differently or uniquely well?
"Bot Camp stands out with its personalized approach, emphasizing hands-on learning, creativity, and real-world application. Through small group sizes, experienced instructors, and a focus on innovation, Bot Camp ensures each participant receives tailored guidance, fostering deeper understanding and skill development in robotics."
Who are your staff and counsellors?
"Bot Camp's staff excels due to their expertise in robotics, passion for education, and commitment to student success. They blend technical proficiency with effective communication and mentorship, creating engaging learning experiences and fostering a supportive environment where participants can thrive and explore their potential in robotics."
What do families need to know about registration?
"Bot Camp's online registration process is seamless and swift. With program capacities limited to 8, spots fill rapidly. Secure your spot promptly to experience the excellence of our robotics programs.
The Our Kids review of Bot Camp - Specialty Robotics Programs
As in so many camps, the real value of the programming comes from the people that campers meet when they attend, and that’s especially true in this instance. At Bot Camp they’ll work with peers who share their passions and aptitude for STEM. They’ll also enter an environment of champions; all of the instructors are award-winning, competitive robotics athletes. And they think of it in that way—it’s a sport, and they approach it as you would any sport, with drive, passion, and a thirst for challenge. The program is designed, developed, and run by Shawn Lim, who is himself an elite athlete in the world of robotics and programming. As director of district implementation for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Canada, he has a deep experience and history with competition, having competed in the very first event in 1998. He’s vibrant, and inspiring, and runs the programs in that vein. The camp is committed to providing girls opportunities, with ample gender peers and mentors.
Review(s) of Bot Camp - Specialty Robotics Programs
Cindy (Parent) — "The Most Fun He Has Had In A Long Time"
Just a quick note to say thank you so much to the Bot Camp team for providing such a great program for my 10 year old son. His week at Bot Camp was the most fun that he has had in a long time, and we have tried a lot of different summer camps around the city. From the minute I picked him up until we got home he couldn’t stop talking about everything he had done at camp that day and what he was looking forward to doing the next day. The week flew by because he was so engaged in the program, had made some friends, liked the staff and felt like a valuable team member. I know without a doubt that he will want to return next summer and I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to join him as well. Keep up the great work ... Read More
Cheryl (Parent) — "One Of The Best Experiences I've Ever Had"
In the words of my 10-year-old son: ‘It was so cool! I got to build robots that could play soccer and stack blocks, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my lifetime! I made lots of new friends AND I also had fun playing Ultimate Frisbee. The leaders were lots of fun, too.’ As a parent, I was glad to be able to offer my son the Bot Camp experience. Thanks, Bot Camp leaders, for your passion, dedication, and care ... Read More
Mandy (Parent) — "The Bot Camp Staff Pulled The Best Out Of All Of Them"
Without a doubt the best summer camp my three boys ever attended. They were all different ages, different personalities and different characters and yet the Bot Camp staff pulled the best out of all of them, and showed them how to work together as a team. Thank you Bot Camp ... Read More
Andrew (Camper) — "The Highlight Of My Vacation"
What a thrilling experience it was. I enjoyed discussing with my mentor about building options and game strategies as we were preparing for the challenges. The staff that organized the camp were teachers and mentors from some of the greatest Robotics teams in Toronto. Looking back at my summer, I will say that this camp was the highlight of my vacation ... Read More
Nathan (Camper) — "The Way School Should Be"
This is the way school should be. Fun! I like the program because it is fun to build robots and have contests and play Ultimate Frisbee. I also like how all the instructors had fun and were all friendly. Thank you for the great week ... Read More
Is Bot Camp - Specialty Robotics Programs technology free?
Bot Camp maintains a technology-aware environment. Personal electronic devices are prohibited during instructional time. Restricted-access lab computers are provided, strictly for the purposes of robot development, under the supervision of our instructors.
Shawn Lim, Founder B.Eng, OCT, 2006 Woodie Flowers Regional Award, 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition World Champion
We started Bot Camp in 2014 with a simple goal in mind: to create the perfect robotics program - one that I would send my own kids to.
It would be modelled around our “ideal” sports camp.
Imagine a hockey camp where students could spent a week with an elite NHL player in a 4 to 1 ratio. Each day would be a personalized mentoring experience spent learning skills, techniques, strategies, and tips and tricks from an elite athlete first-hand. The ability to interact face-to-face, to watch and learn, to ask any question and get every answer at any moment in time – all from the most skilled and accomplished individuals at their craft. That was the dream summer camp.
Bot Camp is our attempt at realizing this dream.
Students work in a 4 to 1 ratio with our award-winning competitive roboticists in a week-long summer program where they design, build, program and pilot robots to compete in a series of robotics sports tournaments. Our personalized approach allows us to tailor instruction to different skill and experience levels. If you have never built a robot before, our instructors will ensure you are taught everything you need to build your very first robot. If you are an experienced roboticist, our instructors will work with you to improve the functionality of your robots, pushing you to your limits.
This is the program I wish I had as a child, and am thrilled to be able to share it with you.
Founder of Bot Camp
Shawn is a former robotics teacher at Crescent School, winners of the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) World Championships. He was a founding member of FRC team 188, the very first Canadian high-school competitive FRC robotics team. He attended university at General Motors Institute on the first-ever robotics scholarship awarded to a Canadian student. He served on the Board of Directors of FIRST Robotics Canada for 8 years, and as Director of District Implementation. Most recently, he taught at St. Clement's School, delivering robotics and computer science programming specifically for girls. He has been an active participant, mentor and leader in the educational robotics community for over 22 years.
Samantha Sedran and Katrina Usmar are Bot Camp alumni from the summer of 2016. After attending Bot Camp, they started their own all-girls VEX IQ robotics competition team called "SK Creations". They have had one of the most successful seasons we have ever seen. Here is a list of their accomplishments this year:
Judges Award @ Crescent School Qualifer
Amaze Award @ Simcoe County VEX IQ Qualifier
Tournament Champion @ Simcoe County VEX IQ Qualifier
Design Award @ PACE VEX IQ Qualifier
Excellence Award @ PACE VEX IQ Qualifier
Tournament Champion @ PACE VEX IQ Qualifier
Design Award @ Brampton Qualifier
Create Award @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
STEM Research Project Award @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
Excellence Award @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
Tournament 2nd Place @ Ontario Provincial VEX IQ Championship
Design Award @ US Open VEX IQ Championship
This was an incredible awards haul by SK Creations. We are extremely proud to call Samantha and Katrina Bot Camp alumni, but we can't say we're surprised one bit. They are awesome!
The best part is SK Creations wants to share their success and robotics experiences with as many girls as possible. The reality is even in 2018, girls are often discouraged from pursuing STEM-related actitivities and careers. To counteract this, SK Creations has launched their "16 by 16" campaign to send 16 girls to robotics camp before Samantha and Katrina turn 16 years old.
Promoting girls in STEM is something Bot Camp feels passionate about too. We think we have some of the best robotics programs for girls to participate in, and go out of our way to make that happen. Our instructors are incredible role models, including Andrea Valenzuela, the newly promoted Camp Director of our St. Michael's Campus, who is pictured above with Samantha and Katrina. We want as many girls as possible to experience Bot Camp, and have committed $800 of in-kind robotics camps towards their campaign.