Ages: 9 - 12 (KS2/3)
Duration: 5 days
Venue: Guildford College, Stoke Road, Guildford
Dates: April 3rd - 7th
Timings: 0930-1630 (wrap around care available from 0900-1730 for a small extra charge)
Use the latest EV3 Mindstorms robotics platform to complete a number of exciting programming challenges, including obstacle courses, line following, pattern drawing, 3D mazes, automatic parking, autonomous football and many more! All resources are provided, including a robot and a laptop computer per child.
No prior knowledge is assumed; we welcome complete beginners as well as experienced roboteers and there will be sufficient material to stretch even the most gifted young engineers! The children will simply choose from a list of challenges, graded for difficulty, and work at their own rate under the expert guidance of experienced software professionals who will tutor them accordingly (with a maximum teaching ratio of 8:1).
Educational as well as fun..
While hugely rewarding and enjoyable, the course is designed to reinforce and build on the new computing curriculum, equipping participants with a solid grasp of the fundamental building blocks of any programming language. More importantly, however, it will teach them the discipline of computational thinking; how to analyse and break down a problem into manageable chunks that can be implemented and tested separately; how to frame a solution in plain English, then boil it down to an algorithm using pseudo-code, which can be easily converted into any programming language. Throughout, the children will be honing their problem solving skills as they debug mechanical, hardware and software problems to get their routines working.
Requirements: Just a packed lunch and any drinks and snacks they will need to get them through the day (no nuts please!).