Hope you have seen the latest update today from provincial government that the schools are being closed indefinitely. If you haven’t, it is here https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/b-c-suspends-all-k-12-classes-in-the-province-1.4856530
Since we use Surrey school board facilities, and to ensure the health and safety of all, we are switching the RPF course to an ‘online’ + later ‘in person’ format and postponing the RCF course. Details below.
Robot Component Fundamentals (RCF): Postponed until further notice.
RCF course focus on the internals of Robots and focus on building and programming them from scratch. This course can also be done online but students need the robotics kits we use. So, we will have to postpone the course until the situation get better, or students can buy/rent kits. Cost to buy the kit will be ~$350 CAD online total. We are trying to make an arrangement to rent it for $50 but too early to promise. We will be in touch with parents about this.
Robot Platform Fundamentals (RPF): Mixed format. Same date & timings. Classes to be online till COVID get better. Then switch to in person mode. Our hope is the first 7-8 classes to be online and last 2-3, ie; from May end onward to be in person assuming COVID-19 would be managed by then. If not, those will also be online.
The RPF course explore the programming of robots and configuration of them for different industries. It is an introductory course and no previous computer/programming background needed. In this course, we are already using a virtual robot to execute the programs written by students, which we can continue to use in the online format also. We will use the last in person classes to run all the programs written by students in the real robot. So, we are not expecting any issues in converting this course to an online format.
Students need a windows or Mac PC to be able to do the RPF course. It will not work on Ipads. In the real classes we were planning to give a laptop for those in need, which is not possible in the online class. So, your kid might need this for an online course. We might need some additional time to help each student install some software etc. but we will arrange that.
We are also planning to start some new mixed (online + in person in June/Aug as COVID get better) batches sooner, including during weekends. If you would rather switch to that right away by a reply email or phone call.
You can see our latest course offering details here. So please bookmark this. https://cloverdalerobotics.ca/course-registration/
Let us know if you have any feedback. Feel free to call us too. Thank you very much for your co-operation in this testing time. Stay healthy and stay well!
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