RoboCode for LittleOnes (Grades 1-3)

“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 Little Ones Workshop we will introduce children in Grades 1 to 3 to the exciting world of code over the course of a single jam packed morning or afternoon. The workshop is problem-based, guiding participants to make their own discoveries as they solve up to 24 different problems with their robots. All coding is done, first by arranging magnetic code tiles on a whiteboard and then, by loading our code onto the robots via a remote control. This unique approach allows children start tackling problems like a real computer scientist.

  • Cost: R450 (R400 if you refer 3 friends)
  • Grades: 1 to 3 (2017 academic year)
  • Duration: 1 day, 4 hours
  • 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: 

  • Wednesday 13 December 13h00 to 17h00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Thursday 14 December 13h00 to 17h00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Friday 15 December 8h30 to 12h30 (SOLD OUT)
January

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

  • Monday 8 January 8h30 to 12h30
  • Tuesday 9 January 8h30 to 12h30
  • Friday 12 January 8h30 to 12h30

Cape Town

December

Location: St Georges Grammar School, Mowbray, Cape Town
Dates and times:

  •  Friday 8 December - 10h00 to 14h00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Monday 11 December - 10h00 to 14h00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Wednesday 13 December - 10h00 to 14h00
  • Friday 15 December - 10h00 to 14h00
January

Location: St Georges Grammar School, Mowbray, Cape Town
Dates and times:

  •  Monday 8 January - 10h00 to 14h00
  • Wednesday 10 January - 10h00 to 14h00
  • Friday 12 January - 10h00 to 14h00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

As parents, you want the very best for your child. It is for this reason that we ask parents not to enroll children who have not completed a full term of Grade 1 into this workshop. Children younger than this age are simply not ready for this experience and, as we have experienced, time and time again, end up feeling frustrated. Wait some time and let your child partake in this wonderful experience when they are ready to get the very best out of it - it will be worth it, we promise!

My child has special needs, will you accept them?

EDRO welcomes children from all backgrounds and with a range of abilities abilities. However, please be aware that 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.  If your child would be unable to work successfully with a partner in a normal schooling environment this may not be the best experience for him or her. If you are at all in doubt, please get in touch and we will gladly advise you.

My child has already done a coding/robotics programme?

That is fantastic news! The work your son or daughter has done will help them to get the most our of their EDRO experience. EDRO RoboCode workshops aim to give young people a solid foundation in fundamental coding principals. As such, we recommend that you enroll your child in a beginners workshop to ensure that a strong secure foundation is being laid. If you would like to explain your unique situation to us, 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 are the goals of the workshop?

EDRO RoboCode workshops aim to lay a solid foundation in fundamental coding principals. Along with this, we aim to foster an excitement towards to solving problems through the use of code.