Fall and Spring Robotics Program
Concordia has partnered with the program Bricks 4 Kidz as part of their after-school enrichment program.
The program lasts 6-10 weeks and is available to 4th-8th grade students. The class is free and space is limited.
Benefits of the Robotics Program:
- Math and Science skill enrichment
- Improves critical thinking skills
- Fosters creativity and problem solving skills
- Teaches children the benefits of teamwork
- Students already know how to build with LEGO® Bricks and with a little coaching, they can learn
about engineering, architecture, physics, and math using specialized components.
STEM Enrichment: Students build machines, buildings, vehicles and other structures out of LEGO® Bricks, motors, gears, axels and beams using one-of-a-kind model plans designed by Bricks 4 Kidz. Each class begins with a teacher-led discussion related to the model of the day. Instructional content is multi-disciplinary and designed by educators to increase the student’s general knowledge and introduce S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts related to the day’s model. Students build a new project each week, developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Once the project is complete, children use the rest of their time to modify their model builds and collaborate with one another.
EV3 Robotics: Students build actual working robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, consisting of an intelligent brick, motors, sensors, cables, bricks, beams, gears, and other components. Students program the robots using computers and download them onto the intelligent brick. Students build a new project each week. Examples include mouse trap, hopping rabbit, and drawing robots. While exploring principles of engineering, mechanics, programming, logic and more, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Once the project is complete, children use the rest of their time to modify their model robots and programs and collaborate with one another.
Competitive Robotics: Students learn how to prepare to compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season using LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3. This covers the season’s game rules, goals, and events. Each week students will learn the necessary concepts such as automation, and sensors and practice by building, programming, and testing robot designs. They will then begin to apply those concepts as a team to the competition robot and practice the game. Strategy, teamwork, individual roles within the team, and FIRST’s concept of “gracious professionalism” will also be discussed and reinforced.