Welcome to the 3-DayBrickineers LEGO BOOST Workshop!
Brickineers classes and workshops are motivating and engaging and have become the (weekly) highlight of many youngsters! In this workshop we use the BOOST Robotics system to learn how to program and use a clawbot to navigate and fetch items – maybe even to battle?
This workshop is for:
1) You have Boost, Now what? If you have the Boost kit at home, then come see the great thing you can do with it that involve STEM learning.
2) You would like a path to activities that can support interest in Boost for the foreseeable future.
2) You just want a great robotics class for your child/children.
Children from grades 2 to 6 are welcome.
Each child have access to a BOOST hub, and will control it their own computer. Every child will have their own computer station where they will learn how to develop programs to control the Boost robot. Boost is a great fit for those early grades before learners proceed to the VEX or EV3 robotic systems.
Each child will design and assemble a robotics competitions mat for their clawbot. Materials are included in the cost of the workshop. Children will be able to complete competition or themed mats at home with inexpensive materials, thus will become independent designers and no longer dependent on commercial products. They will also learn how to form problems and tasks in their environments around the limitations of their robots – a very important concept.
The parts used for the assembly for the clawbot will be available in kits for a nominal fee of approximately $20. Parents have voiced frustration over their inability to obtain gears, axles and other parts necessary for complex machines and robots. The clawbot kit will be useful for other designs, but a critical first step in making a robot that is fun to program, fun to use and fun to modify.
Participants will learn to read the robot’s sensors and control motors using the BOOST App and Scratch. Young children co-play, and co-play is recognized as being an important first step towards team work. To facilitate team work with co-play, learners are situated next to each other so that each child can help the other during building and programming times. It’s also nice for a learner to have someone nearby to show off to.
Christmas is coming and there will be many LEGO BOOST kits being unwrapped by the tree! There are also many sets in circulation right now! But some are sitting on the shelf, and some will soon join them! Why??? There is a lack of direction in the use of the kits from LEGO. It is left up to parents to excite continuous learning about robotics, logical thinking and programming. The problem is that most parents have busy lives, and despite the best of intentions, may experience time management problems that prevent guided learning. Children learn best on their own schedule, and it is difficult for the parent to drop everything and immediately engage when the child’s interest moves suddenly to the BOOST robotics system. Delay in participation with programming or building the BOOST robot by the parent usually results in negative emotions, the eventual abandonment of Robotics kit and inevitable listing on Kijiji. Parents that are non-technical can only give unconditional positive reinforcement and cannot help solve programming or robotics problems, which also results in frustration. There are many kids more advanced than their parents in this technological age don’t you agree? The LEGO BOOST workshops are here to help families adopt BOOST.
Brickineers Boost workshops are organized to help beginners learn how to use the BOOST system, its programming language, the Scratch language, and how to use the robot in more exciting ways that foster independence and desire to learn asynchronously and learn continually.