Friday, September 4, 2015

Building robots at FIRST Robotics Learning Center

My kids learned to build and program their first robot - a robot that is really functioning!

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with their SumoBots
Glad I signed up for FIRST Robotics Learning Center's Mommy Bloggers trial class. I know it would be a great activity for my son (who dreams of becoming a scientist or a robotics engineer) and my daughter (who also wants to be an engineer like me).

FIRST Robotics Learning Center makes use of the concept learning with fun. It's really fun since they're using Lego - Duplo, Wedo and Mindstorms - to create their robots.

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lego bricks!

Robotics for 9+ age kids

The 9+ age group where my kids and my nephew belong uses Lego Mindstorms robotics kit (complete with NXT brick computer, cables, sensors and motors).

Teacher Gelai gave the kids a short intro, plus the basic building instructions. Since the kids are ready, off they start building their first robot - the Castor Bot.

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Be patient and make sure to follow the instructions. :)

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almost done!
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great teamwork!
Testing the robot functions and movements.

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Bring the robots to life!
Since it's best to see how the robot works, Teacher Gelai asked the kids to proceed and make - the Sumo Bot!

Now it's time for the "sumo battle!"

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the grand robot battle

My son wants to explore more and try using the EV3 platform (as it can be controlled by smart-devices). OK, hopefully soon.

What I love about FIRST Robotics?

Being an engineer myself and my husband, a programmer - got us interested in their classes. I'm sure most parents want to give it a try too! :)

FIRST Robotics Learning Center is a place where our kids can showcase their creativity, resourcefulness and make their ideas come to life. Its a way for kids to understand and appreciate what they are learning in school. Kids get to enjoy learning without the pressures in traditional school.

Building robot models engages their hands to work and their minds to think. They'll learn by observing, creating, exploring, doing challenges and troubleshooting. By working with other people, they'll be great team players too.

Plus, they have four IDEA (Invention, Discover, Explore and Aspire) rooms where the robotic courses are held. The entire place is clean, bright and colorful.

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Aspire  (playroom while waiting for the classes)

Such an awesome experience for my kids. Robotics classes is now on their Things-To-Do-For-Summer-List.

Thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and FIRST Robotics Learning Center for this experience.

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Inspire your kids to be great leaders not just followers... Builders not daydreamers!
+ More about FIRST Robotics Learning Center

Fun Inspirational Road to Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Learning Center is the pioneering robotics center in the Philippines that uses state-of-the-art materials primarily utilized in the field of robotics. FIRST Robotics develop students through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) approach.

They welcome kids ages 4 to 16 years old who want to learn how to design, build and program robots.

They offer interesting Robotics Program for Kids:
  • Our World of Adventures and Inventions (ages 4+)
Kids get their first experience with robots. They explore ways in which people and things move (ex. how animal and human bodies bend and jump, how machines lift or spin). They learn about simple machines in the home and local community, design and build their own models.
  • Our World of Science and Technology (7 - 8 years old)
Kids will learn to use pre-programmed elements to connect to the robot. They will learn about information and control technology (ICT) and math by making their models come to life using basic sensors, mechanical parts and drag-and-drop software commands with a computer.
  • Our World of Robotics (ages 9+)
Kids will learn and start designing more advanced models using different science concepts such as forces, motion and energy. They will also start planning and designing their own program to control robot functions or behavior.

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Each program has three learning stages - Apprentice, Journeyman and Expert level.
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the robotics journey

They follow the 4Cs of Learning -
  1. Connect: engaging minds in problem solving
  2. Construct: putting ideas into physical building team work, innovation and sharing.
  3. Contemplate: analyzing and reflecting on the results to deepen understanding
  4. Continue: finding ways to make it better
FIRST Robotics Learning Center build and inspire kids to become innovators, problem solvers, great thinkers, and even leaders.

Visit their website for more information.

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For FREE TRIAL CLASS, contact 696-3333 / 0917-5528898 / 0999-8849256

First Robotics Learning Center
G/F Goldhill Tower, 5 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan City


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