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
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 72 lessons, spanning 6 levels, students will complete 36 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.
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.
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.
We use Studuino - a modified version of the popular Arduino board designed in Italy.
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.
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:
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.
There can be a maximum of 8 kids per instructor.
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.
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.
This program is only available as an in-person class at our Oakville centre. For this age group, we have the Code Wizard program available on our dedicated virtual learning website www.codekraft.me
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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.
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.
Up to 2 missed classes in a term (12 weeks) can be made up by joining an alternative batch, if available.
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.