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Why Robotics

"...Invaluable Return of investment for both parents and children."

∫  Beyond Robotics - capitalize creativity with engineering disciplines

Robotics is a CONCRETE and TANGIBLE way to build and strengthen cognitive development, as well as other academic areas such as mathematics, engineering, communication skills, strategic thinking and goal-oriented thinking.

  • Actively become involved in their own learning process.
  • Build engineering  intuition through constant engineering process.
  • Emphasize meaningful problem-based learning thru integration and application of knowledge.
  • Develop their interests in math and scientific technology.
  • Engage students in complex, strategic problem-solving, computational thinking and higher-order thinking - pre-requisite in successful in research in science and engineering.
  • Cultivate the passion to Success. Make achieving goals as a habit.
  • Being active life-time learner.
  • Build the ability to think through problems strategically with a focus on logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking. This ability is required not only in critical science fields, but a lot other professional areas as well.
  • Prepare your children for the competitive workforce, especially in science technology; which is and will be in great demand.
  • Equip your children the skills to be readily applied and transferable to  various industries, not just robotics or science.

 

∫  Cognitive development

Robotics is a CONCRETE and TANGIBLE way to build and strengthen cognitive development.  All robotics activities we focus on involve 100% automation.   Projects involve techniques in the field of robotics with cognitive solutions.

 

∫  Engaging Hands-on Application learning

A Chinese proverb states:

“Tell me, I will forget.
Show me, I may remember.
Involve me, and I will understand.”
This engaging approach to learning is the core of Storming Robots’ educational philosophy.    Children learn by hands-on activities, including designing, building, programming, and last of not least,  watching their creation come alive. 

All programming is written on a PC and “transferred” to the Mindstorms robot so children also get the extra benefit of acquiring or enhancing their computer skills. Much of our curriculum was developed at institutions such as the Robotics Academy at Carnegie Mellon University and the Robotics Education Projects at NASA.

 

 

∫  True robotics experience

The LEGO robotics technology is much more than meet the eyes.

The Mindstorms, a miniature computer inside the LEGO brick, was developed by LEGO and MIT Media Lab. Along with the software ROBOLAB, developed by the Tufts University, the RCX is capable of performing many functions through its input and output ports.   This unique hardware is capable of interfacing with different programming language besides easy-to-understand, but powerful ROBOLAB, such as text-based C-like language and Java.

Competitive universities like MIT, Drexel U., Tufts U., etc. have used the LEGO Robotics technology for their own robotics projects. 

     

∫ Endless Challenge 

Our programs are packed with robotics open-ended challenges, which are only limited to the power of one's mind. Troubleshooting, problem analysis, and project management are taught as essential parts of the engineering process. Students continuously apply their knowledge base to develop solutions for open ended design and programming challenges.

 

∫ Sample cool things to do

  • work with sensors
  • learn robot controls including goal driven motion controls
  • obstacle detection and avoidance
  • proximity sensor control
  • concurrent behavior navigation
  • virtual path following
  • focus on cognitive development,  fundamental mechanic engineering concepts, computer science realm, ... limbs of robotics technology.
  • possibility to participate in the F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League Robotics State Tournament.