Robotics 101 for Little Ones (Grades 1-3)

A 1 day, 3 Hour Introduction to EDRO Robotics - for children in Grades 1 to 3.

For the very first time, EDRO will be opening its proverbial workshop doors to the younger segment of our population. Working with just 12 children, we will explore the field of Robot Movement with the use of Block Coding. However, do not be fooled, the coding concepts we will work with are powerful and fundamental to the field. Join us for a morning of laughter, smiles and coding with robots!

 

LOCATIONS

Johannesburg

Our October Joburg Workshops will take place at Jeppe High School for Girls in Kensington. On the day of your arrival, signposts will lead you to the computer lab from the main gate on Kennet Street.

Workshop 1: Monday 2 October
Time: 10h00am to 13h00pm 

 

Cape Town

This workshop will take place in Cape Town Workshops during the December holidays. The location will be EDRO's home in the Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock.

 

DETAILS

Essential Workshop Details

Grades
We accept children currently enrolled in Grades 1-3 into this workshop. Please visit our workshop page to find courses for children in other age-groups. 

Length
The workshop will last one morning and is 3 hours in length.

Location
We will only be offering this workshop in Johannesburg. We will go live in Cape Town for the December holidays. 

Cost
The cost for the course is R350 per child.

Overview

Introduction to the world of robotics: What is a robot?
We explore all of the essential elements needed to call something a robot and examine some groundbreaking examples of current robots.

The fundamentals of programming in a drag and drop interface.
We learn to write code in Blockly, a Graphical User Interface. We start of by learning to blink our robot's LEDS in various patterns.

Simple robotic movement
We explore the basics of robot movement as we code our robots to draw basic shape sequences using straight lines and point turns.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

As this is the first time we are trialing the course, we ask that all participants are strictly within the age-limits. This allows us to get accurate feedback on our positioning of the workshop's content. For this reason, we ask that you please do not enrol any children who have not attended Grade 1 since the beginning of this year.

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 be able to navigate robot using tiles that represent movement sequences. They thus develop a powerful foundational coding concept - sequencing of commands.

Will I be able to stay and watch the course?

Our experience has been that children do not relax fully while their parents or guardians are present. You are welcome to stay and satisfy yourself that your child is happily settled but we ask that you do not remain present for the duration of the workshop. If you have any questions around this, please let us know.