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Robo Wizards

An introductory robotics program for kids that combines building blocks, a modified version of the Arduino microcontroller, Scratch programming, LEDs, sensors and motors to teach STEM concepts to kids through fun, engaging, hands-on projects. Learn More

  • Grades 3-7  |  Beginner stage  |  3 Levels
  • Duration: 12 weeks per level. One 85 minute lesson per week.
  • Price: $399 + HST for 12 weeks. Option to pay in monthly instalments available.
  • Schedule: Next batch starts October 24 Saturday 11.15 AM - 12.40 PM.
  • Description
  • FAQs

If your child is interested in technology, machines, building models and tinkering then Robo Wizards is the perfect program to nurture their budding interest, to learn computer programming and acquire science and math knowledge while doing fun projects.

Over a series of 36 weeks, spanning 3 levels, students will complete 18 different projects and the missions associated with them.

The projects involve building robots that use motors, sensors, switches, accelerometers which are controlled by a Arduino based microcontroller and programmed using Scratch, a visual programming tool developed by MIT.

The program includes challenging projects like line tracer robot, robotic arm, obstacle avoiding robot, quake detector and more. The initial part of the program focuses on 3 key areas - light and sound sensors, moving robots and basics of servo motors. Towards the latter part, the focus shifts to remote controlled or joystick controlled bots, robots that use mechanisms and robots that can walk. After completing this program, kids will have a strong foundation in robotics and block-based programming.

Selected Projects

  • Airplane Launcher

  • Drawing with robots

  • Walking on Four Legs

Key Features of Robo Wizards

Practical, Real-World Curriculum

At MindKraft, we understand the importance of making education relevant to the real world. This is why our lessons focus on learning and understanding the application of coding in everyday life.

Understanding how a traffic light functions

Step 2: The Build

Building a Traffic Light Model

Step 3: The Code

Programming the Traffic Light

Step 4: The Test

Testing the Traffic Light Model

Block-based Programming Environment based on Scratch

Students learn to program their robots by using the drag and drop programming tool Scratch. They can also translate their Scratch code into the Arduino language and run their programs directly on Arduino.

Open-source microcontroller based on Arduino

We use Studuino - a modified version of the popular Arduino board designed in Italy.

Versatile, Easy-to-connect blocks

We use robotics kits developed by leading Japanese educational company Artec. The innovative blocks designed by Artec are much easier to connect than other popular robotics kits such as LEGO or VEX and reduces the time and effort required to build robots and models. The blocks connect vertically, horizontally and even diagonally- 2 blocks can connect in 60 different ways leading to an endless variety of shapes.

FAQs:

Why should my child learn robotics?

If you have a curious child who loves to build, to tinker and to create then robotics could be the ideal activity for them to nurture their natural talent and interest. Robotics programs for kids can have several practical benefits such as:

  • Develop coding skills: Robotics is essentially programming applied on machines and can be far more engaging for kids than coding on a screen.
  • Motivate kids to learn science and math: Robotics projects require the application of science and math concepts and motivate kids to learn more about these subjects.
  • Sharpen problem-solving and logical thinking ability.
  • Develop persistence and concentration - robotics projects can be quite complex and require them to persist and concentrate. It also gives a sense of accomplishment to kids when they see their creation in action
  • Make kids creators of technology - robotics, computers and artificial intelligence are all-pervasive in today’s world. Learning robotics demystifies technology to kids and makes them creators and not merely consumers of technology.
What coding language will my child learn in this program?

The programming is done using a customized version of Scratch, a popular visual programming tool developed by MIT to teach kids to code. Scratch can be used by kids to build games, animations and stories in addition to programming the robots in our class. The Scratch programs can also be translated into Arduino language which is similar to C and the programs run on the Arduino microcontroller.

How many kids will be there in the class?

There can be a maximum of 8 kids per instructor.

What robotics kits do you use?

Robotics is essentially applied programming. In the Early Years Program, however, the initial levels will focus on building non-programmable robots and logic puzzles. As the kids progress through the program programming projects using robots will comprise the bulk of the lessons.

Does my child need to do all 4 levels of the program?

We use a customized version of the popular open-source microcontroller Arduno called Studuino.

The robotics kits are developed by leading Japanese educational company Artec. The innovative blocks designed by Artec are much easier to connect than other popular robotics kits such as LEGO or VEX and reduces the time and effort required to build robots and models. The blocks connect vertically, horizontally and even diagonally- 2 blocks can connect in 60 different ways leading to an endless variety of shapes.

Do you offer a trial class?

Yes, if you would like a trial class please register here. Alternatively, you can send us an email at info@mindkraft.ca with your preferred time slots.

Is this program available online?

This program is only available as an in-person class at our Oakville centre. For this age group, we have the Code Wizards program available on our dedicated virtual learning website www.codekraft.me

What COVID-19 safety measures are you adopting?

Please refer to this pageCOVID-19 Precautions & Measures

My child is 7. Can they do this program?

If your child will be attending Grade 3 in September of the current year then they might be ready for the program. The best way to assess readiness is to do a trial class.

My child already knows to program. Is this program appropriate for him?

If your child is interested in robotics, they might be interested in Robo Masters in which we teach robotics using the Arduino language as well as Raspberry Pi with Python. We also have several programming courses available.

Do you offer makeup classes for lessons missed?

Up to 2 missed classes in a term (12 weeks) can be made up by joining an alternative batch, if available.

If my child doesn’t like the program can we withdraw and get a refund?

We accept cancellations and provide full refund after deducting an administrative fee of $20, up to 7 days before the start of the program. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the start of the program until 7 days after the start, are refunded after a deduction equal to 25% of the total program fee. Cancellations made more than 7 days after the program start date will not be eligible for a refund.

What is the next step for my child after completing the program?

After completing Robo Wizards, your child can join the Robo Ninjas program or one of the intermediate level coding courses.