mBot Automation Week I
mBot Automation Week II
mBot Automation Weeks I & II Combined

Camps fees are $80 for Week I or Week II, $130 for Combined Weeks

Planet Palooza is a week-long, self-paced virtual STEM camp that introduces campers to the excitement and challenge of STEM education. Campers  learn how to work with real NASA planetary data using spreadsheets and translate the results into real activities. Participants explore science data related to planetary geography, weather, climate, and physics.


With the guidance of camp facilitators available virtually throughout the day, campers use data gathered from their research activities to program an mBot Educational Robot Kit (or similar Scratch-compatible device), modeling the engineering design processes involved in actual space exploration.

The results may be showcased online and campers local to the Raleigh-Durham, NC area will have the chance to showcase their work on the Saturday morning following their camp.



Additional Details

  • Camp activities are available each day at 9 AM Eastern with planned activities expected to last until 3 PM each afternoon.
  • All camps require access to the internet, ChromeBook, laptop or table.
  • All camps require the purchase of a Scratch-compatible robot and contrasting tape for activities.
  • Single week camps are most appropriate for students in 7th grade or higher. Combined weeks camps are most appropriate for students in 9th grade or higher.


Morning Activities

Learning about the planets in our solar system – Venus, Mercury, Earth, & Uranus (Week I camps)

or Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune (Week II camps)


Completing fun puzzles and games connected to lessons learned


Beginning data analysis activities using Google Sheets


Attending Office Hours with Camp Facilitators



Afternoon Activities

Completing data analysis activities using Google Sheets
Working on mBot Automation using the skills and information learned throughout the day
Attending Office Hours with Camp Facilitators