South Tampa Robotic Makers Community Club
Robotics Enrichment Program

Robot race

Enrollment is limited to 12 students. Students must have completed the fourth grade.

Activity and Description

The South Tampa Robotic Makers Club meets on Fridays beginning July 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 at the South Tampa Center for the Arts. This limited program runs eight weeks thru August 28th with no class on August 21st. This class is open to both boys and girls 4th grade and up.

Under the direction of Coach Shaw, members of the Robotic Makers Club will use LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, Arduino, and other robotics tools to build robots and machines, program them to perform specific tasks, troubleshoot problems, and refine their strategies to address practical challenges. Using computer aided design software and our 3D printers, students can engineer, design, and fabricate their own accessories for their Robotic projects. They'll be able to take their custom printed parts home at the conclusion of the class (the robots remain with the program). The cost is $180 per student for the 8 week period. If a student's project requires additional components, we'll help prepare a bill of materials and source parts. These parts would be purchased by the student and will go home with them at the conclusion of the course.

Beginners start with the basics using tutorials and our special curriculum. They learn sound construction methods, programming and become familiar with the various components of the MINDSTORMS system. Once they have mastered the essential concepts, they'll discover increasingly sophisticated designs by building robots to complete a number of project-oriented tasks, each designed to improve their programming and engineering skills. Sometimes each group will work on particular projects such as animal themed robots or our ever popular sumo challenge while at other times the entire club will be engaged in a higher level challenge. Some of the activities encourage participation by parents.

We organize the kids into small groups based on age and experience. Each group chooses the challenges they wish to pursue. They will engage in other related activities to build teamwork and allow them to interact outside of their immediate groups.

About the Coach

Coach Shaw has led both competitive and non-competive LEGO programs since 2006. In 2010, he was recognized as the Florida Mentor of the Year for his work with FLL®. Through the school year, Mr. Shaw offers after school enrichment programs at numerous public, private and charter schools. In 2013, he founded Inspiration Labs, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide technology education for both students and adults.

How to enroll

Complete the enrollment form below. If enrollment exceeds the maximum of 12 students, students will be placed on a waiting list until spots become available.

Thank you for enrolling your child in our community robotics enrichment program! Once you complete the basic information below, we will update our roster. You will still need to complete the registration packet and bring it with your student on your first day.

After completing this page, your child will be pre-registered for our program. Club registration is complete once payment has been received. On the next page, if there is space in the club, you'll have the opportunity to pay online. Otherwise, you'll automatically be placed on the waiting list.


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