Our Level 1 (L1) Course is is the ‘Learn’ phase for students (from ages 9 to 13). This course introduces students to the world of robotics and coding concepts systematically and thoroughly. We align curriculum with BC ADST curriculum.
Level 1 – Robotics: (Age 9 to 13): 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Level 1 Robotics is an introductory (Level 1) course on Robot platforms, hardware & firmware. Students write, compile and run programs on a variety of robots, including but not limited to micro: bit based electronics platforms. They use visual coding or the language python. The course offers a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts.
Robotics programming sessions include real, physical robots for students to build and program. Each month focus on specific areas. Some months focus on building, some focus on electronics & programming, some focus on programming etc. However, our robots change every month or other month. Students program robots using an easy to use, drag and drop interface or a python-like interface (each robot is different). Some of the day-to-day activities include programming a robot hand to grab objects with five fingers, programming a drawing robot that use real paper and markers to draw shapes or pictures. Students will also program robots to traverse mazes or program them to walk on four legs.
Robotics build sessions let students build robots from ground up and then program them using leading open-source chipsets like micro: bit and popular programming languages like python.
As for curriculum, BC ADST curriculum is covered and goes beyond. BC ADST curriculum can be found here . Total course duration is around 80 hours and close to half of that is optional at home assignments.
|Module 1: Fundamentals: Students gain a historic foundational understanding of both hardware and software portions of Robots. Big Ideas (key concepts) in robotics.|
|Module 2: Navigation: Foundational concepts/theory of Robot programming and attaining precision in movements. Robot math and key math topics necessary.|
|Module 3: Sensors: Various sensors robots use and adjust actions based on those.|
|Module 4:Electronics basics, circuits, breadboarding & micro bits & build micro: bit based robots.|
|Module 5: Control: Complex logic portions in processing input and programming for more intelligent decisions. The user will learn to include sensor feedback, popular topics like line following, obstacle avoidance, maze solving etc. with robots.|
|Module 6: Power Technology & Introduction to Mechatronics. Uses of power technology, Renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Conversion and transmission of energy, kinetic and potential energy, effect of mass and inertia on speed and distance.|
|Module 7: Ethics and Humanism aspects of Robotics:|
METHODOLOGY – OUR LEVEL 0 TO LEVEL 3 APPROACH
- Level 0 (ages 6 to 8) is our Excitement phase where we trigger the students’ interest and curiosity for technology.
- Level 1 (ages 9 to 13) is our Learn phase, where we follow the BC curriculum and go beyond to enhance the students’ understanding of electronics. Build a strong base knowledge on the topic.
- Level 2 is our Experience phase where students do a series of 2-3 month long projects for two years, gaining experience in various aspects in the field. Ie; Put the learning from Level 1 to test, practice & refine.
- Level 3 is our Expertise phase which is a full one-year team project spanning multiple disciplines and done in partnership with secondary schools. This is an invitation only project.
Kids can choose to do Level 0 more than once and it will remain engaging because we are always using new robotic kits. Also, as kids become more comfortable and take a deeper dive into our L0 kits, they can gain an overall better understanding of the robots, and transition into Level 1 better. Note: All other levels (L1/L2) are done only once.
- There will be non-screen (ie; no laptops/tabs etc. to rest their eyes) breaks in during the program and students play games like Jenga & Uno to manage long stay. Please pack some extra snacks if they are staying for more than one class.
- Parents can see lot of pictures and videos of student’s classes in our facebook group (invitation only for parents) to see progression and so parents can ask better questions to their kids.
- Robotics Vs Coding + AI Vs Digital Arts: Which course should take?
In a general sense, Robotics always involve physical objects and coding on them. There are mechanical, electronics, and coding portions in robotics. So it is a combination of multiple disciplines. Robotics is for kids who like build things, like to work on hands on things but also to code a bit etc. An engineering, experimental mindset is required. They should also have the GRIT to continue failure after failure.
Coding is for kids who are comfortable in coding. They could sit and code for long hours in front of a computer and not get bored with it.
Digital Arts is for imaginative kids. Creative types. Period. Our course does not teach them ‘arts’ we just introduce a lot of new digital tools that they can express their imagination using the new world tools. It is ideal for kids who already take art lessons somewhere else, or newbies who just to just try it out.
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