Ages 6-10: LEGO WeDo 2.0
Build solid fundamental of robotics, coding, and engineering through fun beginner builds and visual drag and drop coding.
Curriculum Focus: WeDo 2.0 technical skills, beginner to intermediate mechanics and construction, coding basics, debugging code and builds, simple testing.
Ages 9-13: LEGO EV3
Advance your engineering skills with more complex builds and advanced visual programming to pave the way for mastery.
Curriculum Focus: EV3 technical skills, intermediate to advance mechanics, beginner to intermediate coding, debugging code and builds, intermediate testing, engineering process.
Ages 11-16: Python + EV3
Integrate a mastery of Python coding into your robotics skills to command your robots with precision and intelligence.
Curriculum Focus: Python coding, intermediate to advance mechanics, beginner to intermediate coding, advanced code and builds debugging, advanced testing, engineering process.
Yes. You can register your kid to start at any time of the year. Your child gets to progress at their own pace and move up through the ranks at their own pace.
Funtastik Labs Summer Camps are designed to introduce kids to robotics whereas the classes are designed to make them proficient. The classes incorporate more rigor and provide each kid with their own robotics kit to work with.
Each kid comes in with different robotics and coding experiences, skills, and strengths. If you're not sure which level is right for your child, register for a trial class and let our instructors guide you on the right class.
As a parent, you want a robotics program that's not only fun and appealing, but also captures your child's interest and challenge them to grow. Unfortunately, while many robotics programs keep the kids busy, they do relatively little to build strong robotics, coding, or engineering skills. As you consider a robotics program for your child, here are some key differences to consider:
1. Commitment Period & Start Options
Not sure if your kid(s) will like the class or if they'll stick to it? We totally get it. You're trying to find your child's interests and strengths. At Funtastik Labs, after the first month, you can cancel anytime you like with a 7-day notice. Also, your kid can join the robotics program anytime.
2. Kid to Kit Ratio
Will your kid(s) get to use a complete kit or will they share one? Many programs have kids working in pair or even groups making it nearly impossible for the instructor to determine how an individual child is doing. Sharing kits also introduces additional challenges as now your kid is dependent on how well them and their partner collaborate. It's like learning math or reading as a team. It doesn't produce reliable results.
At Funtastik Labs, every child gets a kit to work with so they can demonstrate competency of the skills themselves. It allows us to track each child's progress individually and allows us to give more support when needed and when to clear the runway for them to accelerate.
3. Pace of the Class: Group or Self-Paced
Is your child ready to move ahead but the rest of the class isn't? Or, does your child need a bit more time and assistance but the rest of the class is ready to move on? Every group based learning program struggles with this challenge. Why? Because learning requires high amounts of focused attention. Attention that, in kids if not adults, varies from time to time and day to day. One kid may be tired, another kid's interest may wander, while another may not be present that day.
Studies have shown that kids learn better when they're in control of their learning. They learn more conceptually with less stress and experience higher levels of motivation. The more a program can cater to the individual kid, the better it can ensure they've mastered the content before moving them ahead.
At Funtastik Labs, our robotics program gives kids the freedom to move at their own pace. Each child moves to the next challenge or level as soon as they, not the class average, demonstrate mastery of the current level. If they can do it quickly, they move through the curriculum quickly. If they need to spend more time, they can do that. Rather than being constrained by the group and the instructor,they're supported by it.
4. Just Play or Real Engineering
Playing with LEGO can be fun and the kids that love LEGO won't complain. But does the program have more to it than just play? Is there methodology that helps kids develop real engineering skills?
At Funtastik Labs, our program leads kids to think and work like engineers. From developing the technical skills to understanding the engineering process, we gradually take them through the stages and help them develop real engineering skills.