Robots in the Real World Fall (Grades 1-3) (1st - 3rd grade)

You can have your robot and code it too! We’ve sourced the coolest robots – many “hot” off the Kickstarter presses.  In this Robots in the Real World class, students combine their love of playing with robots with their thirst to learn to code.  

We start with the fundamentals – what is a robot and how do robots make decisions?  Students conduct experiments with our Ozobot robots to see how robots make decisions and change these decisions through coding.

How do robots get used in the real world – whether on our roads or in our skies?  We look inside the technological innovation, as well as the business side, of designing and building robots.  The class explores the world of self-driving cars and how they actually work. How would students design a self-driving car?  Why does Google’s latest model for the self-driving car look like a smiling face? And then students experiment coding with our Thymio robots to test which way works best.

We also look beyond our world into the skies by exploring the challenges with the Mars Rover. What tasks does it need to complete and what tools does it have. Students program a virtual Mars rover to autonomously explore a virtual Mars.

We wrap up the class with an introduction to AI – Artificial Intelligence.  How does AI work? What is machine learning? Students compete in a challenge to see if they are smarter than a robot with our 20 questions with AI.

 

Day/Time: Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Class Dates: September 17 – December 3

No Class: Nov. 12, Nov. 19

Location: Room 3

Number of Classes: 10

Class Fee: $245

Class Size: Maximum 20 students

 

To report absences or late pick up, contact info@sparkiverselabs.com, or call 650-231-2048

Las Lomitas League Contact: Kathleen Prince, Co-VP of classes.

E-mail: kathleenpsf@gmail.com.

 

Instructor Biography:

At Sparkiverse, we’ve reinvented how young students learn tech by wrapping it with creativity and fun.

Our instructors all have previous experience working with kids in various settings. We have strict requirements for our instructors — the first and foremost being a love of working with kids. How you teach matters, and instructors who genuinely love working with kids are able to connect and communicate on the same level as the students. Through this connection and their experience with classroom management, our instructors make our after school classes as fun as possible while helping our young students explore technology.

Our instructors emphasize the fundamentals of the subjects we teach. Technology is always evolving and changing as innovations are introduced.  Sparkiverse hires instructors that recognize that the true value in our curriculum lies in the teaching of the fundamentals of a subject in an exciting and engaging setting.  It’s more important that our students understand the foundational principles of the technologies we are exploring so that even if a computer language becomes obsolete, or a robotics motor surpassed, our students are able to apply those core elements of knowledge to the emerging new tech.

Our instructors are trained to be accessible and inviting to all kinds of students — from the experienced, tech savvy child, to the beginning explorer.  We train our instructors to create a safe space of inclusion, teamwork, trial and error, and celebration. A key element of Sparkiverse’s DNA is to encourage girls to participate, thrive, and lead in our technology classrooms.

Our instructors are coaches, guides, educators, cheerleaders, and audiences for our students as they explore and nurture their love of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.