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Registrations are now open for the Code Using Robots school holiday workshops and interactive Term 1 course.

Designed for boys and girls aged 7 to 12 years, these hands-on courses aim to inspire children to be active users of technology.

Under the guidance of UPlay WA's professional instructors, children will use programmable robots to engage with physics, computer science and engineering concepts.


Choose from the following comprehensive options:

Code Using Robots - January School Holiday Workshop

This fun packed, interactive introductory course to coding for beginners uses Block coding to control a Sphero robot. The workshops go beyond coding to integrate STEM concepts and Learning Areas from school to illustrate the practical application of knowledge as well as new concepts learnt along the way.

The workshops are designed to be fun, engaging, practical and more importantly encourage the thinking process to solve problems. The structured workshops ensures progressive learning and the application of new skills in each session.

This school holiday workshop run for 3 hours per day from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm over 2 days on 18 & 19 January 2018.

Day 1 - Introduction to coding concepts, technology, robotics, Block coding (VPL), robotics, the App and compass use. Learning areas include spacial awareness, navigation, logic, math, geometry (shapes and angles), physics and computer science concepts, critical thinking and problem solving.

Day 2 - Obstacle Course design and coding. Participants design, build, measure and race on a race track they design. Learning areas include physics and computer science and engineering concepts.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children but not essential. Each participant is assigned an individual robot to use during the workshops. Learning materials are provided.

The participation fee is $168.99 per participant.

To reserve a spot, please visit Eventbrite.


Code Using Robots 1: Geometry

This fun-packed, interactive course to coding for beginners is the first in a series of four modules. Participants learn to code using a robot from the first workshop, all the while solving problems and applying geometry and math fundamentals. Coding is fun but coding with robots add a new dimension to play learning. Together with the Sphero robot, participants explore shapes, sizes, angles and properties of space in the Geometry program, but not before learning about our three-dimensional world and how a compass and navigation works and how to use them.

The Code Using Robots program goes beyond coding. The workshops were designed to emphasise, as well as assist participants to understand, the importance of math fundamentals and numbers. It also integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts to school learning areas. Coding exposes kids to logic, problem solving and critical thinking but more importantly teaches kids how to think; an important skill to learn in this digital age.

This workshop runs once a week on Saturdays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm over 4 weeks commencing on 10 February, then 17 February, 24 February, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March and concluding on 24 March (note that the first session is 1.5 hours).

Week 1 (1.5 hours) - Introduction to block coding (VPL) and familiarisation with the robot and the App. Learning areas include coding, robot familiarisation, technology, spacial awareness, navigation, logic, math and geometry.

Week 2 to 5 - Coding activities and games with shapes. Each week introduces more complex shapes. Learning areas include logic, math, problem solving, physics and computer science concepts.

Week 6 & 7 - Problem solving more complex shapes and coding a simple track in readiness for the next module. Learning areas include physics and computer science and engineering concepts.

Parents, particularly with younger children, are encouraged to attend and/or participate with their children but not essential. Each participant is assigned an individual robot to use during the workshops. Learning materials are provided. Workshops are limited to 12 participants.

The participation fee is $147.29 per participant.

As places are strictly limited to 12 per a class, early bookings are advised.

To reserve a spot, please visit Eventbrite.


RoboPlay: Shenton Park Term 1, 2018

RoboPlay workshops are designed to encourage kids to use their creativity, explore their ideas and to express themselves through programs using the Sphero robots. The workshops also introduce new and advanced coding blocks and concepts through fun and engaging games and programs, all the while encouraging participants to include them in their own programs. At the end of each term, participants are invited to showcase their programs to build confidence in presentating to their parents and peers and pride of their own work.

These workshops are suitable for kids aged 7 to 12 years with coding experience, and new or experienced to the Sphero robot. The workshops are designed to be fun, engaging, practical and more importantly encourage creative thinking and the application of their ideas.

The workshops run over seven weeks on Saturday mornings from 11:00am to 12:00pm during school term commencing 10 February, 17 February, 24 February, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March and concluding on 24 March.

Each participant is assigned an individual robot to use during the workshops. Learning materials are provided. Places are limited to ensure a focused learning environment.

The participation fee is $147.99 per participant.

As places are strictly limited, early bookings are advised.

To reserve a spot, please visit Eventbrite.


For more information on any of these courses, please email UPlayWA@gmail.com or call 0427 059 257.
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