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Robotics is one of the best ways for kids to get introduced to the fascinating world of technology, engineering and programming. MindKraft’s robotics program uses easy-to-connect blocks which makes building models a breeze compared with other popular platforms. This means kids spend more time on critical thinking, understanding logic and coding than struggling to put together tiny bricks and getting frustrated.Children learn to code by programming their robots using Scratch, Arduino language and Python.

Our comprehensive programs are designed to kindle a passion for STEM into young children and turn them into tech whizzes as they move into high school and beyond.




Robo Junior

A unique integrated program that combines computer programming, robot mechanisms and logic puzzles to nurture the inherent curiosity and creativity of young learners.

Age group: 6-8


Robo Wizard

Students start building complex robots using sensors and motors and code using a block-based programming environment built using Scratch. Over a series of 72 lessons students go from building traffic signals to bipedal robots that can walk!

Age group: 8+

 



Robo Master

In this program the focus shifts to building robots with the Arduino microcontroller using the Arduino language as well as with the Raspberry Pi using Python.

Age group: 11+

FAQs

Q Why should kids learn robotics?

Robotics has been found to be one of the best ways to inculcate an interest in STEM subjects in kids as it is a multi-disciplinary subject that incorporates elements of Physics, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. It is an ideal activity for curious kids who love to build and helps foster their creativity. As kids complete increasingly complex projects and challenges it also gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride in their achievements.

Q How do you teach robotics to kids?

In Robo Junior(age 6+) and Robo Wizard( age 8+) kids build robots using building blocks (similar to LEGO but easier to put together) and program the robots using visual programming tools such as Scratch. In Robo Master(Ages 11+) they would work with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi microcontroller and program using a text-based language such as Python.

Q Will my child learn to code?

Yes, robotics is essentially applied computer programming. Kids will learn to code using a visual programming tool in the junior levels before learning to code in a text-based language in Robo Master.

Q Do you offer online classes?

Unfortunately, our robotics classes are only offered in-person at our Oakville location. Coding classes are offered both in-person and online

Q My child is 5 years old. Can I enroll him for Robo Junior?

We only accept kids who are turning 6 this calendar year or older.

Q What are your COVID-19 protocols?

The number of participants in the class will be limited to the maximum permissible under the Government of Ontario guidelines.

Each child gets their own desk and all desks are placed at least six-feet apart.

All instructors, students and parents entering the facility must wear masks at all times.

Each child works on their dedicated laptop and/or robotics and other kits. No sharing of equipment is allowed between students.

There are 3 hand sanitizer dispensers at the centre in addition to 2 washrooms.

Before each class, the students’ temperature will be taken. Children reporting a high temperature or any other symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate in the class.

We kindly ask all parents to conduct screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to each class. If the child, his/her parents, or other household members are exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below the child must not attend the class. In such situations please contact us to arrange rescheduling of the class. The child must not attend the class in cases when he/she may have been in close contact with a person suspected of being infected with, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

List of symptoms parents/guardians should screen for their children and themselves before coming to the class:

Fever (temperature of 37.8 C or greater)

New or worsening cough

Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

Q How many kids will there be in the class? What is the instructor to student ratio?

This will depend on prevailing COVID-19 restrictions. For Robo Junior, there will be a maximum of 5 kids per instructor whereas for Robo Wizard and Robo Master the ratio will be 1:8

Q What is your cancellation policy? What happens in case of a lockdown due to COVID-19?

If you cancel your registration at least 2 weeks before the start of your camp, a 100% refund will be provided minus a $20 administration fee.

If you cancel your registration less than 2 weeks before the start of your camp, a 50% refund will be provided minus a $20 administration fee.

No refund will be given if you cancel on or after the start date of your course..

If we are unable to conduct the camp due to COVID-19 related restrictions, a 100% refund or credit will be provided.

We are also unable to provide refunds or credits for any days missed during the session.

Q Do you offer any sibling discounts?

10% discount for the 2nd and subsequent registrations.

 


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