For the first two Terms of the year, students learn the basics of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot programming (computational thinking, movement, sensors, decisions, conditions, loops, switches, data wires, logic, data logging). From Term three, we will start to build and program robots with specific tasks such as autonomous cars and sports robots (sumo and soccer). Then we move onto Advanced Robotics projects (such as the Space Challenge) and Engineering (for example, Renewable Energy).
The groups have a limited number of students (maximum 10) to maximise the education process and to allow each student access to the resources. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots we use are the education industry standard and are used throughout the world in schools and competitions.
After each class, the students must pass one mini-challenge (sometimes two). Each month they will have to sit another test, and at the end of all modules, there will be a final challenge.
Game and App Development
Students will learn how to build their own game using GameMaker platform. The reason for choosing GameMaker is that it’s widely adopted in Australia schools and it employs GML language which is very similar to Python, so it will create an easy transition to other languages. GameMaker is the last step before the professional platforms such as Unity and Unreal. Moreover, it is used in the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge annual competition. The App Development course is based on MIT App Inventor and Thunkable platforms.
What Can Robotics Teach Kids?
Adelaide Robotics Academy uses fun, hands’on projects to get your child’s creative juices flowing. Your youngster will learn how to build and program robots while making friends, developing new skills and having a great time with STEM programs. We found out that for many students the Robotics class is the highlight of their week.
Science is the essence of robotics. Seeing how robots work can show kids scientific theories on electricity, solar power or photovoltaics. Using robots to lift objects can stimulate a child’s understanding of physics theories like force and tension. Building a robot and seeing how different materials affect how their robot behaves teaches children the most significant aspects of science: observation and experimentation.
Engineers make everything from cars to cities, and children can learn a great deal about the field of engineering through robotics. Helping a child to build a robot gives them a fun, exciting reward for the lesson in the form of a robot.
Computers are part of our daily lives. Robotics make programming understandable and friendly. Our robots are simple, and this simplicity extends to programming. By building a robot, a child is exposed to how a code inputted into a computer affects the real world.