ROBOTICS CLASSES WITH SNAPOLOGY
Children of all ages harbor a fascination for robots. In movies, they delight in the intergalactic adventures of C3PO, R2D2, and BB-8 in the Star Wars film franchise. They gape in awe at the disguise capabilities of the Autobots and Decepticons in the Transformers movies. In real life, kids are dying to own their robots, like Sony’s Aibo, Honda’s Asimo, and Digital Technology Labs’ Nao.
Recognizing that robotics is the wave of the future, Snapology has made it possible for children between the ages of three and 14 to get robotics classes through our interactive and coding programs. Using Lego® and K’Nex sets, our students learn basic robotics principles, including coding, pseudo-coding, and engineering, through fun topics, themes, and projects. In fact, we have long proven that the technical aspects of robotics need not be difficult to understand, and instead are actually easy and fun to learn through practical, hands-on application.
The Three Levels In Snapology’s Robotics Program
Generally speaking, Science and Engineering topics, including robotics are included in all of Snapology’s STEM/STEAM programs. However, more in-depth learning can be obtained through three specific programs:
- Snapology Scientists
- Junior Scientists (All About Animals)
These programs cover a broad range of scientific subjects, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and biology. These subjects are then discussed and explained in relation to robotics.
Here are the three levels of Snapology Robotics:
Kids as young as three years old are already taught the basic principles of pseudo-coding and robotics. Using these principles and other concepts they have learned in their Science classes they can build the most simple and basic robot designs. Other projects included in Kinder Robotics include building wands, simple drills, and helicopters.
With kids nowadays being “experts” in the use of laptops, smartphones, and iPads, Snapology takes advantage of this knowledge to teach advanced technology concepts in our Robotics, Video Game Design, and Animation programs. As they learn higher-level coding and stop motion animation, our students develop a greater appreciation of technical advancements as they design fun video games and film stop-motion animation movies.
With Advanced Robotics, students can apply what they have learned in our Core Engineering Programs (consisting of Junior, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels) as well as in our Amusement Park Engineering Program through hands-on application and Lego® model and robot building. In addition, we also have Competition Robotics Teams wherein Snapology students pit their robots against the creations of students within their respective year levels or from other schools.
The Types of Robots Snapology Students Create
While students have a choice on the kinds of robots they want to create, these robotic creations fall into four types.
These basic robots are the simplest to make and require a remote control to move. Generally speaking, remote controlled robots allow students to learn the basic principles behind the creation of robots, and also enable them to determine how they can make their creations move and perform certain tasks.
Tethered robots are creations that are linked or tethered to a laptop computer, iPad, or smartphone. These robots are now capable of performing simple tasks. Children between the ages of four and 14 can build their robots based on a wide variety of robotic themes available.
Autonomous robots are the most advanced robots that our students can build. They are powered and controlled by Bluetooth technology in your child’s laptop computer, iPad, or smartphone. Higher-level coding and pseudo-coding enable the robots to perform more complex tasks. The creation of autonomous robots is a team endeavor so that students can explore and learn about the various robotic models available.
Competition robots are specifically built to compete in the prestigious First Lego® League and First Lego® League Junior. Both of these competitions not only allow kids to show off the capabilities of their robotic creations. They also learn the values of teamwork and cooperation especially in competitive situations.
Let your child discover the joys and wonders of robotics classes. Learn more about our robotics classes by contacting Snapology today!