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2018 LEGO Robotics Camp

LEGO Robotics Camp

ACME ROBOTICS (8367) is planning to offer a LEGO Robotics camp again in summer 2018. We are in the planning stages for the camp, but we have opened up the camp waiting list and you can sign up now to get on the waiting list and be informed first about the details.

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To signup for the waiting list, simply send an email to:

Full details are on the 2018 LEGO Robotics Camp page.

The camp structure will likely be similar to last summer. A 5 day camp (half days), somewhere in Grass Valley or Nevada City CA. Cost will be similar to last year (~$125 per camper). We are also going to reduce the number of campers per robotics kit to enhance the experience for the campers (based on feedback from last year).

Campers will learn how to build and program a LEGO Mindstorm-based robot and then create a robot to compete in a competition at the end of the week. We want to encourage the creation of FIRST LEGO LEAGUE robotics teams at all of the various local elementary and middle schools next fall, so this will be a great way to learn about LEGO Mindstorms and see if robotics competition is something you'd like to experience!

ACME Robotics also recruited two attendees from the 2017 LEGO Robotics camp to join the ACME team. So it's also a great way to check out the ACME team and determine if you'd like to join us next season!

Sponsor the camp!

Local businesses: We are offering an opportunity to sponsor the camp and help defray the costs (and reduce the camper fees). If you'd like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, send an email to or contact Mike Oitzman (email below)

Generation Start-Up: Update

Our private showing of Generation Start-Up was shown at our local movie theater in Grass Valley, the Del Oro, on August 24.  

The showing was very successful, with lots of people from the community attending.  We had a chance to display our robot in the theater lobby and answer questions people had about our team.  After the showing we gave a short presentation and answered several questions from the audience.  

Based on the small town we live in, the turnout was excellent.  We had a chance to let people know about our team and what we do.  Overall, it was well worth it.  Now the community knows more about us and can tell others too.  It is definitely something the team will consider doing again!

Generation Startup Movie

ACME Robotics is proud to present an exclusive one night screening of the movie Generation Startup.

​GENERATION STARTUP captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.

​WHEN: Aug 24, 2017

Where: Del Oro Theater, Grass Valley CA

TIME: 6:30 PM

Cost: $11

You can purchase a ticket online. Note that we have to pre-sell ​a certain number of tickets to have the event, so please support us by buying early.

NOTE: After the screening, the ACME team members will come on stage for a short presentation about their upcoming season and to host a Q&A session.

All proceeds go to help fund the upcoming 2017-2018 season for ACME Robotics.​​ Please come out and support the team! Thank you.

Summer LEGO Robotics camp

We've been working hard to organize a robotics camp this summer and things are finally coming together! We are going to run a week long camp which will model a mini FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season and let kids in Nevada County experience an exciting STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) camp.

Build the best robot!

If you are curious what it's like to be on a  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE team (or thinking about starting a team) then this camp is for you! We will use the actual Mindstorms robot, field elements, and rules from the FLL 2016 "Animal Allies" season as the basis of the robotics challenge during camp.

We'll divide all of the camp participants up into 4 or 5 teams and each team will have an ACME Robotics Team Member as a coach/mentor. For the first four days of the camp, the participants will learn how to build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot. The campers will learn about the rules for and challenge missions for the competition. On the last day of camp we'll run a scrimmage on the competition field, where the teams will compete to be the winning team!! 

The participants will also get the chance to drive the ACME Robotics robot from this last season and try their hand at scoring the most balls in a 1 minute period!

The ACME Robotics (#8367) robot from the 2016 season.

Parents: Please know that this is our inaugural attempt to run a summer robotics camp for kids in Nevada County. We'll be using high school age camp counselors and mentors (from ACME Robotics) to guide the kids through the week long robot build session. There will be adult supervision present for the camp. However, we'll be learning along the way about how to effectively run a program like this. We expect that your child will have a great experience with ACME, but please bear with us as we work through all the details to pull this event together! Our expected outcome is a fun filled week of LEGO Mindstorms and robotics, plus a taste of a FIRST LEGO League competition.

Gracious Professionalism

Throughout the camp, we'll teach the kids the principles of FIRST, including "Gracious Professionalism". Watch the video below for an introduction to Gracious Professionalism.

For more information, check out the 2017 Robotics Camp information page on our site.

If you have any questions, please email us at:

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Code Movie

Code Debugging the Gender Gap Movie Screening

By Charlotte Coffin on Saturday, February 20, 2016

So it’s been quite awhile since we’ve posted, but in our defense we have been incredibly busy preparing for competitions and working on outreach.

A few weeks ago, we hosted a screening of the movie ‘Code: Debugging the Gender Gap’ at a local movie theater, the Del Oro. The movie is about stereotypes in computer science, and what can be done to combat this. It also focuses on the lack of Computer Science education in middle and High schools and how this contributes to many of the problems minorities face later in their careers.

This screening was incredibly successful and fun. We spent the weeks leading up to this, working hard to promote the movie through Facebook and hanging posters all around town!

All that promo payed off! We had a pretty good turn out, almost a full house. Before the movie, we played a short film about our team:

After the movie, our team got up in front of the theater and had a short question and answer session where we answered questions from the audience.

This whole event caught the attention of a local group called the Economic Resource Council who works to bring more technology to our small rural town. At their meeting the next night, they talked about our team and the movie, and the whole package became a catalyst in bringing more technology into schools.