What Parents Should Know About Robotics Courses

By Phill Powell

Robotics was once a “lonely” hobby that lacked widespread appeal. But in recent years, that’s been changing. Lately robotics has been blowing up, and its popularity just keeps rising.

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DMA’s “hands-on” approach to robotics means students can start learning immediately.

Now there are robotics clubs and events to encourage young ‘bot-builders, not to mention fantastic kits for home use.

And there are even tech camps (such as Digital Media Academy) that conduct robotics courses each summer. But what exactly do these camps offer?

HANDS-ON LEARNING…

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A healthy spirit of encouragement and mutual support exists between DMA’s robotics students.

During a DMA robotics class, there’s very little emphasis on static lectures. Instead, DMA is about hands-on learning. The instructors may guide, but the students assemble their robots themselves.

Robotics students devote most of their class time to working on projects. Specifically, students are busy connecting components, checking circuits, and working out robot functionality.

The robotics system students work on depends partly on student age and interests. For example, kids ages 8 to 12 get their first real exposure to hobbyist robotics through LEGO EV3 robotics tech camps.

DMA’s teen robotics students (age 12-17) have the option of working with the LEGO EV3 system, or taking one of DMA’s Arduino robotics courses instead.

…STAYS WITH STUDENTS FOREVER

DMA_female_robotics_campers More and more girls are discovering robotics…and what cool fun it is to make things.

These are the two biggest names in the home robotics market – LEGO® and Arduino™ – and any robotics tech camp worth considering should be able to offer courses built around both platforms.

Combined EV3 and Arduino robotics courses are even offered at leading tech camps.

But regardless of the particular class chosen, all DMA robotics courses deliver expert instruction that’s crafted by a professional team of curriculum designers.

And while students are having fun constructing way-cool robots, they’re also picking up problem-solving skills and learning the constructive value of teamwork.

GOALS AND GADGETS

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What will you build today? With LEGO’s EV3 system, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Like parents, DMA is very goal-oriented. And its robotics classes reflect this strong push for producing tangible results.

In most student projects, students are given a challenge and must use their design and building skills to create a robotic machine that executes a certain function, such as pushes a ball or even climbs a rope.

The emphasis is always on building some type of unique electronics gadget while achieving a defined project goal. Students in DMA’s robotics courses build different types of competitive robots (like for EV3 robot battles) that can execute a wide variety of commands and operations.

(Parents are advised to check individual course requirements, as many robotics courses require an additional or separate lab fee.)

A BIG FIRST STEP

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Today’s robots can be complex. Sometimes it’s good to have expert instruction ready to guide you…

A summer week spent in DMA’s robotics camps can be an important first step in a rewarding exploration that eventually leads to a rewarding career in computer programming or electrical engineering.

After attending a DMA summer session, kids and teens return to their regular academic life fully engaged and energized.

And because they’ve been focusing their minds on robotics, students are typically better prepared to tackle STEM subjects such as math and science once they’re back in class.

Robotics is a big and popular hobby, with something for everyone. That’s why Digital Media Academy offers a full slate of robotics camps and courses.

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Part of why DMA’s robotics camps are so popular is…parts. In many courses, extra robotics parts per kit. Which means more parts that can create more project possibilities. And more cool stuff to build.