Winter/Spring

Kidizens Robotics Program: Robotizens

Our Robotizens 2015 Winter/ Spring program will comprise of two 9-week learning sessions in which children (ages 8-12) will meet once a week and work hands-on with the latest generation of LEGO Robotics. The program will run 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 to robots to perform tasks, use various 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!

Spring Program Highlights and Challenges

Spring Session I (January 9th – March 13th): In continuation of our city-related themes, we’ll be focusing on the Power Puzzle challenge in the first Spring session – students build and program a robot to perform missions on a table-top playing field made of LEGO elements, with challenges related to the theme of Energy, such as installing a hydroelectric dam, wind turbines, power lines and a solar panel, planting trees, mining uranium, and transporting fuel.

Spring Session II (March 20th – May 22nd): This session will be focused on challenges that are intended for students with some experience designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots. In our second session, we will work on the Body Forward Challenge – students build and program a robot to perform missions on a table-top playing field made of LEGO elements, with challenges related to the theme of Medicine, such as repairing broken bones, dispensing medicine, heart surgery, cell sorting, bionic implants, and testing a prosthetic hand.

Photos and Videos from our PAST Spring Robotizens Class

Overview:

  • Two 9-week sessions 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):
Fridays Robotizens 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Saratoga Class Day/Time (select one):
Thursdays Robotizens 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 Belmont Class Class/Time:
Thursdays 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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