Robo Challenge Machines & Robo Challenge Contraptions

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Lego Robotics Robo Challenge project for kids: A horse ride -with double camsGrades 3 to 5* Scroll down for reviews and photos.

Did your child take our Lego Robotics and now wants more? And more of a challenge? Or is s/he in 4th or 5th grade, ready to launch into robotics with no previous experience?

These classes are for you. In Robo Challenge Machines, instead of working with step-by-step building directions and sample programs, we’ll start each class with a programming challenge, set by our instructors. After meeting that challenge, we’ll use Lego robotics kits to design bots to go with our programs. Our instructors will be there to help your child achieve success – presenting different problems every week or two. What a great way to learn about STEM!

To solve our challenges, kids will have to … think! Should they use a sensor? What kind? How should they build it into their design? What type of gearing mechanism?  Some of the robots the kids design include:  a wing flapping creature, a catapult, a crash-avoidance vehicle, and a hexbug nano catcher!
*3rd grade prerequisite: Lego Robotics 1.

Or, try Robo Challenge Contraptions with new, more challenging projects! This class uses the same format as Robo Challenge Machines.  We’ll build cool robots including:  a venus fly trap, a Lego counting conveyor belt, a marble shooter, and a marble soccer game! *3rd grade prerequisite: Lego Robotics Lego Robotics 1.

Note: Robo Challenge Machines and Robo Challenge Contraptions are independent classes and may be taken in any order.

Tired of having no clue what your kids do in all those clubs? We’re different. A day or two after every class, your instructor will email a note explaining what the class learned in the previous session and what’s next. Sometimes we even include photos and videos!

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(same format for Robo Challenge 1 and 2) SEVEN meetings, once a week, 60 minutes per meeting. Min/max: 11/ 14 students. Student-instructor ratio: 7:1. We provide for use during class: one Lego robotics kit and one netbook for each pair of students, and all ancillary equipment including Hexbug Nanos.

After school tuition: $135 per student. Parent aide receives free tuition.

Evening tuition: $140 per student.

Scholarships are available when your PTA organizes class. Details here.

Get together a group of at five students, and we can send an instructor to teach this class in your home during school hours, in the evening, or on the weekend! Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $150 per student.

We handle registration and payment, all you have to do is enjoy the class! Contact us for more info!

Independent problem solving, robotics, programming, logic, mechanical engineering.

Children in grades 4 and 5 may start this class with no robotics experience. Children in grades 3 need our core class, Lego Robotics, as a prerequisite for Robo Challenge 1.

Q: If my 4th or 5th grader has no previous robotics experience, should s/he start with Robo Challenge or Mindstorms?

A: Our Robo Challenge classes are an excellent introduction to robotics for 4th and 5th graders. They use Lego Education’s WeDo interface, which is extremely approachable and intuitive, yet capable of complex programming tasks, like the ones our kids accomplish in Robo Challenge. We have found that many 4th and 5th graders, even those who have taken Mindstorms with other companies, enter our Robo Challenge class without really knowing how to write a program. This is a great way to teach them to do that.

Mindstorms is a great starting point for a 4th or 5th grader who is a logical thinker, capable of proposing and testing solutions to various problems. Previous programming experience is not required, but is helpful. Also, note that the Mindstorms interface has a much more ‘grown up’ and complex look and feel than WeDo, so it can be intimidating for some kids. For more about our Mindstorms class, look here.

*Special Note about 2nd graders. Children in grade 2 may NOT enter this class, even if they are in gifted and talented programs and/or have taken the prerequisite. For these second graders, we recommend Lego Robotics  and/or Lego Engineers, which will help students solidify the mechanical engineering skills they’ll need to succeed in Robo Challenge.

The projects. Each class is unique with its own set of projects. Students can start with either one and proceed to the other one without repeating projects. However, students who have taken either class should not repeat it.

After school classes are only open to students who attend the hosting school. Register through your school /PTA.

If your school/ PTA does not offer our classes, invite us!

Evening classes are open to students from any school. Register here.

Form a private class in your home with as few as five students! Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $150 per student. Contact us for more info!

Photos from our Robo Challenge classes

Bannockburn E.S. parent, Bannockburn, Ill. Class: Lego Robotics, April 2014

J. loved it so much! He couldn’t stop talking about it! Thank you.

June 11, 2014

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