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    Where are the classes held?

      Currently, the classes are structured as after school programs in various elementary and private schools in Tampa Bay (Hillsborough, Pasco, Orange and Polk Counties). All of these, are held at the school and enrollment is for school attendees. However, we also hold classes in selected churches for home school groups which are open enrollment.
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    What are the classes about?

      It is an integrated science and math curriculum that uses LEGO elements including motors to help teach practical application of concepts through hands-on building. We also emphasize teamwork and problem solving. We introduce material which will lead to better robot building by concentrating on fundamentals and building on those concepts.

      The classes have heavy emphasis on geometry as a means of becoming a better builder just like an architect uses geometry to design buildings.

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    Is this class about playing with LEGO pieces?

      The basic set for Elementary Engineering classes is an educational set which contain LEGO Technic elements and electric motors. However, in Elementary Engineering II, we also use custom models (not found in stores) which enhance the value of the lesson e.g. building a car with differential gears. Though children will be building projects with this kit, they will be learning a lot about simple machines which is a foundation for later classes. The ultimate goal is to train children so they can learn about robotics and build their own robots.

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    How many children are in a class?

      With a class of 12 children or less there will be one teacher or with more than 12, then a teacher and an aide, up to a maximum of 16 children. However, each child will be working in a team with one other child to promote teamwork.

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    Why so many classes before getting to robotics?

      Just like learning to read, a child learns uppercase letters then lowercase letters, then short vowel sounds and so on. The 3 core classes are meant to build up the foundation for children to get used to constructing in LEGO Technic ( LEGO MindStorm pieces) then we can work on the programming skills. We also introduce fundamentals like gear theory and gear analysis to allow children to be better robot builders.

      Our observation in robotics competitions have shown that most of the problems is not in the programming but in the construction of the robot to meet the specific objectives.

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    Can I keep the kit?

      The Dacta set is a lab kit that is only on loan during class.

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    Where can I buy the class set?

    • If your child really likes working with these, then I recommend buying the LEGO MindStorm NXT 2.0 for about $300 with 600+ pieces at a local toy retailer.
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