RoboCode for Juniors (Grades 4-6)

“See it move… Watch it go! Look, it’s drawing a spiral now... And I coded it to do that!”

Learning computer programing is one of the most important skills a child growing up in today's world can acquire. By learning to code with robots, EDRO Robocode 101 workshops make this experience fun, effective and hands on.

In the Robocode 101 for Juniors Workshop we will introduce participants to the exciting world of code over the course of two jam packed days. The workshop is problem-based, guiding participants to make their own discoveries as they solve up to 50 different problems with their robots. All coding is done in an easy to use, drag-and-drop interface making this a perfect course for those with no coding experience. However, for those with a more technical bend, we have some special "tough cookie" problems to test their metal! 

  • Cost: R750 (R675 if you refer 3 friends)
  • Grades: 4 to 6 (2017 academic year)
  • Duration: 2 days, 4 hours per day
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Location: See below
  • Dates: See below

LOCATIONS AND DATES

Johannesburg

December

Location: Parktown High School for Girls, Parkview, Johannesburg
Dates and Times: 

  • Monday 11 December to Tuesday 12 December - 8h30 to 12h30 (SOLD OUT)
  • Wednesday 13 December to Thursday 14 December - 8h30 to 12h30 (SOLD OUT)
January

Location: King David Victory Park, Johannesburg
Dates and Times: 

  • Monday 8 January to Tuesday 9 January - 13h00 to 17h00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Wednesday 10 January to Thursday 11 January - 8h30 to 12h30 (SOLD OUT)

Cape Town

December

Location: Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock, Cape Town
Dates and times:

  •  Monday 11 December to Tuesday 12 December - 8h30 to 12h30 (SOLD OUT)
  • Thursday 14 December to Friday 15 December - 8h30 to 12h30 
January

Location: Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock, Cape Town
Dates and times:

  •  Monday 8 January to Tuesday 9 January - 8h30 to 12h30
  •  Thursday 11 January to Friday 12 January - 8h30 to 12h30
  • Monday 15 January to Tuesday 16 January - 8h30 to 12h30

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My child is in Grade 3, can he/she join in?

We know that as a parent, you want the very best for your child. Oftentimes, children interested in EDRO workshops are naturally gifted and can function many years ahead of their Grade level. However, with the experience of thousands of children passing through our workshops, we find that children under our cut-off age do not enjoy the workshop and neither do they receive benefit they should. For this reason we ask parents please not to enroll children below the requested Grade minimum.

My child has special needs, will you accept them?

EDRO welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities. However, EDRO facilitators are not specifically trained to handle extreme academic, social or emotional requirements.  In addition to this, partner-work is an essential part of all EDRO workshps. Therefore, we ask that if your child would be unable to work successfully with a partner in a normal schooling environment that you please do not enroll them in this workshop. If you are in doubt, please get in touch and we will gladly advise you.

My child has already done a coding/robotics programme?

This workshop will share more in common with coding programmes - Scratch, Code.org, Codecombat, etc than robotics programmes. The biggest difference is that at EDRO our code is brought to life through being loaded onto a moving robot. It is our experience that this aspect of the programme is quite different to any other school based or extra-mural initiatives. However, if you are in doubt, please give us a shout and we will gladly advise you!

Is this workshop suitable for ABSOLUTE beginners?

Yes! We welcome children onto the workshop with no prior coding or robotics experience.

My child is not on holiday for these workshops?

We offer EDRO workshops in both the government and independent school holidays. Sign up to our mailing list and we will be sure to let you know when the next set of workshops is on the way.

Do you offer bursaries or discounts?

We have a limited number of discounted spaces available on each workshop. These are awarded on a purely means-based approach. Please contact us to find out more about this option.

What will my child be able to do after the course?

Your son or daughter will have a solid foundation laid in two extremely important coding concepts, namely, sequence and repetition. Not only should they have a clear idea of what these two elements are - they will also be able to apply them to problems involving robot movement. They should also understand what an algorithm is, and what makes one algorithm better than another. Finally, you should find that they are excited about the field of Computer Science and eager to learn more.