Irvine, CA
Nov 12, 2019 - Mar 10, 2020
STEAMpunks Junior, led by members of STEAMpunks Alpha from WHS Robotics, will cover the basics of building and programming with Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. Participants will put together robots using the EV3 Brick, motors, and sensors and learn how to program robots to autonomously navigate through a mini urban city.
Provided by Sarah and University of California Irvine

Registration is closed for this program. Please contact the Program Leader for information about a waitlist.

Program Dates & Times

The program will be held Tuesdays, 2:40-4:10 PM, from November 12th to March 10th. The end date is subject to change depending on Plaza Vista breaks / teacher workdays. 


4th Grade
5th Grade


A $5 cash fee is required to participate. Participants can bring their money on the first meeting date.

More About the Program

STEAMpunks Junior is a fun, exciting Robotics program for girls in grades 4-5 who have an interest in robotics and engineering! Participants will be working in groups of 4 to design, build, and program Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot over the course of 12 weeks. No prior experience in building or programming is needed, and all materials and supplies will be provided by the STEAMpunks Junior team. The STEAMpunks Junior team consists of members from FTC team STEAMpunks Alpha from Woodbridge High School, and they will be teaching and mentoring the participants. At the end of the program, participants will use the robots that they built to compete in a competition, autonomously navigating around a mini urban city and collecting points by programming their robots to complete certain tasks.

The program will be held on Tuesdays, from November 12th to February 11th, after school from 2:45-4:15 PM. Registration for STEAMpunks Junior is first come, first serve and only open to girls in grades 4-5. 


For more information, contact Sarah.


Meeting 1: Introduction to Robotics/Lego Mindstorms

Meeting 2: Build: Drawing Board (full team, hands-on designing; GOAL: answering questions like, “WHAT will our robot do?” and “HOW will our robot do it?”)

Meeting 3: Build: Prototyping (creating sketches, drawings, and models; preparing necessary parts to fulfill those designs; GOAL: complete idea of robot design, inventory of necessary parts)

Meeting 4: Build: Chassis/Mechanism Build (construction of drivetrain, sensor mounts, and other scoring mechanisms; GOAL: completion of individual robot components)

Meeting 5: Build: Hardware Integration (attachment of mechanisms onto chassis and writing modules; GOAL: robot should be completely assembled)

Meeting 6: Program: Intro (Introduction to programming and LabVIEW software; GOAL: students have a working knowledge of LabVIEW workflow and functionalities)

Meeting 7: Program: Drive and Mechanisms (code for robot pathfinding and the actuation of individual mechanisms are written; GOAL: have the code for different parts of the robot ready to be put together)

Meeting 8: Program: Software Integration (put together the code for different mechanisms; GOAL: robot should have full operational capabilities)

Meeting 9: Testing on competition field 

Meeting 10: Testing on competition field

Meeting 11: Mini Urban Challenge Competition

Meeting 12: Program Wrap-Up, Awards, Post Surveys