Winter/Spring

Robotizens

Our Robotizens 2014 Winter/ Spring program is a 18-week learning session in which children (ages 8-12) meet once a week and work hands-on with the latest generation of LEGO Robotics. The program meets from January-May and is taught by one of the most experienced Robotics instructors in the Bay area, Steve Putz.

Students work in small teams and build a variety of robot projects using LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0. These projects provide an opportunity to study construction methods, principles of physics and science and basic concepts of engineering, such as connected systems, motorized machines, levers, gears, pulleys, speed/torque, stress testing, and more.

In this class, students receive instruction and work with a partner to design, build and program a robot using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics system.  The students will learn how to program the robots to perform tasks, use sensors, and solve a series of fun challenges. In addition, we use FLL challenges that enhances the understanding of these principles and offers programming experience at a higher level. They will gain experience from practice lessons and then work on a set of challenges consisting of missions from past FIRST LEGO League seasons (http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/history).  This class requires good classroom behavior, cooperation skills and patience for problem solving.

Robotizens is lots of fun, excitement, creativity and learning all wrapped into one!

Example Challenges

Photos and Videos from our PAST Spring Robotizens Class

Body Forward FLL Challenge for Advanced/ Intermediate Students

The 2nd half of the class will be devoted towards solving challenges that are intended for students with some experience designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots, or for current students to be able to advance their skills further.  In this part of the class, students work in pairs to design, build and program robots to solve practice challenges and challenges taken from past FIRST LEGO League seasons (http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/history).  This class requires good classroom behavior, cooperation skills and patience for problem solving.

Body Forward Challenge

Overview:

  • 18 week session running the weeks of January 10th -May 27th
  • The class will be distinctly structured in two half-sessions, whereby the kids will have the opportunity to do the 2nd half with an advanced challenge, if they have done the other challenges previously.
  • 18 weeks allow for in-depth learning as students build and program robots over multiple weeks to solve really advanced challenges and get comfortable with tweaking the different parameters. We do not disassemble the robots after every class!
  • Curriculum well-suited to accommodate Beginner students (with no programming experience) as well as Advanced Students
  • Students attend one session a week
  • Ages 8-12
Los Altos/ Palo Alto Class Day/Time (select one):
Thursdays Robotizens 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fridays Robotizens 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fridays Robotizens 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Belmont Class Day/Time (select one):
Fridays Robotizens 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Dates: The classes run the weeks of January 10th-May 27th for 18 weeks. The exact calendar will be posted in the first week of January.

Pricing: See our Pricing Page for more details  

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