What is our Applied Robotics: Adventurer II program about?
Every job will be changed in the future by robotics and automation. As a result, developing skills in these areas will be a life skill. Building a strong foundation earlier will improve your child’s chances of success.
At Envision Robotics, we’ve created a challenging yet fun, hands-on robotics program that helps build STEM, robotics, coding, and 21st Century skills. Students explore more complex STEM, robotics, and coding concepts in a curriculum that is an enrichment to what is covered in the Ontario elementary school program.
In Level 100 and 200 we use the Lego WeDo 2.0 platform as students develop core robotics and coding skills. This is an excellent robotics platform as the vast majority of kids have experience building with Lego. In Level 300, students move up to the Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform, a more advanced and sophisticated platform that lends itself well to engineering concepts and involved coding lessons.
We have 10 Levels each consisting of 8 Classes. Each Class students build a different robot in service of that classes STEM theme. Each Level runs approximately 2 months. Most students start at Level 100. However, if a students has prior robotics experience or are 10 yrs old and they may be eligible to start at a higher level.
What does the term “applied robotics” mean?
Our belief is kids learn more when there is purpose to what they are doing. As a result, we’ve created a unique robotics program in the market that focuses on the use of their robots towards solving a problem/or and set of challenges. Its through this application that students build STEM skills, coding skills and development of 21st Century skills such as problem solving, visualization, collaboration, structured thinking and more.
What is the structure of a typical class?
Each class is instructor-led and follows the same framework:
- STEM lesson (15 min)
- Lesson Challenge Sheets Distributed
- Build Robot (25 min)
- Program Robot (10 min)
- Apply Learnings and Complete Challenge Sheets (10 min)
Each class students build a different robot based on the focus of the lesson. Example STEM lessons include: measuring the speed of a race car robot, measuring the lifting force of a robot using scales and weight measurement, exploring the concepts of yaw and pitch with a turbine robot, calculating the optimum angle of departure of a ball launcher robot and examining what factors impact distance travelled, and many more.
The program also puts heavy emphasis on understanding the foundational capabilities of motors, sensors, and the robot “brain” brick. Discipline, Rigor, and Focus on Fundamentals is one of our mantras!
In our experience with programs in the GTA for kids 8+, most of the programs provide a ready-build robot and the focus is programming. The kids use the same robot for 8 classes. Our program is balanced where we combine: robotics & coding, STEM, and 21st Century skills into each class. It’s ambitious but we feel it is the better approach to teaching robotics.
What skills to students learn?
We are an enrichment to concepts taught in elementary schools by focusing on hands-on application. Students enrolled in our program build STEM skills, robotics, coding, and 21st. Century skills.
What age group?
This program is open to students age 9 – 13 yrs. If your child is almost 9 yrs old they may be eligible to join this program, just ask.
What is the cost? How many students? What do the students need to bring?
Each class is instructor-led and enrollment is limited to 6 students per class. Each Level is 8 classes that are 60 minutes each.
The cost for each Level is $330 + HST.
Envision supplies the robot platform, tablets, laptops, all other equipment and technology. Students do not need to bring anything!