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Welcome to MakerKids LEGO Robotics Classes, where children can explore their creativity and learn valuable STEM skills using the latest LEGO technology – LEGO Spike!
At MakerKids, we believe that learning should be fun and engaging, which is why we’re excited to offer LEGO Robotics Classes using LEGO Spike. These classes are designed to provide children with hands-on experience building and programming robots, helping them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive way.
LEGO Spike is a new generation of LEGO robotics technology that combines traditional LEGO building blocks with cutting-edge programming capabilities. With LEGO Spike, kids can build robots that can sense their surroundings, respond to touch and sound, and even be programmed to perform complex movements.
In our LEGO Robotics Classes, children will work in small groups to build and program their own robots using LEGO Spike. Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors will guide them through the building and programming process, helping them to reach their full potential and foster a love of learning.
Kids learn core skills that get applied in projects to integrate their learning and make it fun. Some of the core skills learned and sample projects made include:
- LEGO Robotics
- Basic coding and mechanical engineering concepts through the use of Lego Education’s SPIKE Robotics kits
- Students will build and modify their robots to achieve a particular task and then code them in a Scratch based block coding system to bring their robots to life
- LEGO Robotics
MakerKids Mindset for Robotics: Confidence
Robotics involves a lot of technical skill and deep thinking. Concepts like circuitry can be tricky to work with. The best understanding comes from seeing things in action, and that requires first giving it a try.
In addition to the testing required for inquiry-based learning, with robots, there are countless reasons why something doesn’t work as intended. Having the self-confidence to experiment while working through a problem and trying new things to see which one works is an asset in all areas of life.
Requirements for In-Person Programs:
- None! You can use one of our laptops or bring your own, if it has the specs below
Basic Requirements for Virtual Programs:
- A laptop or desktop
- Internet connection
- Headset with microphone and headphones (or computer with microphone and speakers)
- Keyboard and a mouse
- Chrome browser
- Webcam (optional)
For more information, visit our FAQ page.
1 hour or 2 hours
Choose between a 1 hour or 2 hour weekly timeslot
1:5 instructor:child ratio
1:5 instructor:child ratio or better
A new project each week, allowing kids to join anytime. Projects combine foundational building blocks with new material, which teaches and reinforces concepts in new ways to learn by doing through project-based learning.
6 months – 1 year
Takes 6 months to 1 year to complete this level and advance to the next one based on instructor recommendation
Why Parents and Children Love MakerKids
With a passion for youth and technology, our Maker Mentors recognize the uniqueness of your child and fosters their creative side and joy for STEM. Maker Mentors are trained to have students focus on the why and discover the logic behind the code instead of following a prescriptive set of instructions.
Weekly programs are built for all interests and experience levels. See the excitement in your child as they watch their work come to life. All classes include mini-lessons on internet safety and computer literacy so your child is better prepared to navigate the digital world.
With a 5 to 1 child to staff ratio and a focus on collaborative problem solving our classes are designed for your child to actively participate. Parents are amazed at how fast their child opens up socially, as they connect and build friendships with like-minded children.
“Our kids also enjoy learning a new coding language and I’ve watched my younger one who started off being a bit shy and unwilling to share online to make new friends and became one of the most talkative ones in class.”
– Debbie Fung
Max, age 11
- After starting our program, Max taught a coding class at his school. Over a 10 week period, Max taught 60 different students after school, starting from grade 2.
- Max was a top four finalist for Best Game at his school’s street fair. He was even visited by the school district Vice President!
Meet An Instructor
Meet Ariel, One of Our Maker-Mentors
Certified Teacher with a Background in Early Childhood Education
Hello, my name is Ariel! I have worked for the YMCA, volunteered for day camps and had a number of placements in other learning spaces such as TDSB classrooms and the Boys and Girls Club. I completed my undergrad at Ryerson University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I most recently earned my Bachelors of Education at University of Ontario Institute of Technology where I graduated with the highest distinction. More simply put, I love learning.
Specialties: Teaching children with unique skills and abilities, meeting diverse learning needs and optimism!