STEM Robotics Program

Via Zoom with Delivered Kit (or in-person with COVID-19 measures)

This is an exclusive program with the kids of some of Silicon Valley's smartest parents enrolled. They know the secrets of how the world is changing, and that kids who delay learning modern robotics will ultimately get left behind. 

Some moments from our summer program earlier this year

Founder / Head Instructor Profile

  • ex-eBay Research Scientist

  • 2x Founder of Bay Area Startups

  • 20 granted patents

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Solving a "Real" Towers Of Hanoi!

Overview

In the first three months the student will:

  • Absorb the basics of electricity, electronics and motors

  • Learn Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Python and basics of C++ programming.

  • During this time he or she will individually first build a robot arm

  • Learn the basics of 3D Design and 3D printing

  • And then a smart vehicle physically capable of basic autonomous navigation

 

During the next three months we will focus on solving the real world problems of:

  • Autonomous robotic pickup

  • Autonomous robotic delivery

  • Autonomous Navigation

  • Become skilled at CAD engineering 3D Design

  • Using sensors and advanced software skills

  • Learn how to use deep learning libraries and 

  • Learn how to use computer vision toolkits for solving the autonomous challenge problems

Graduation

This will then culminate in a certification for everything learned and built, and a (optional) competition [Autonomous Racing Tournament 2021] for the fastest vehicles to successfully complete a series of autonomous challenges (while strongly encouraged, the competition will not be mandatory for every student) 

What other benefits do we get?

  • Guest lectures from inspiring silicon valley AI and Robotics rock stars (as COVID-19 permits)

  • Unfettered access to all equipment (including 3D printers) and tools including on weekends!

  • My hope is that over time many of these extra smart kids from different backgrounds will become friends while challenging each other, and perhaps start companies together when they are older.

  • Over the course of the program, each student will receive more than a hundred components and electronics equipment, all free of charge and included in the program cost!

Hardware Kit Contents

Here is an (incomplete)  list of all the equipment and components each student will get over the course of program:

  • Arduino Uno

  • Raspberry Pi Model 3B+

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W

  • Raspberry Pi Camera

  • Extra Long Raspberry Pi Camera Ribbon Cable

  • Soldering Iron and supplies

  • 4x Smart Car Drive Motors

  • 2x Smart Car Motor Drivers

  • 32GB Micro SD Card

  • LCD Display Module

  • Digital Multimeter

  • Wire Cutter

  • 5V, 3.3V Power Supply Module

  • 3x High Power Servo Motor

  • 3x Mini Servo Motor

  • Ultrasonic Sensor

  • IR Receiver Module

  • IR Handheld Remote

  • Joystick

  • 5V Relay

  • Stepper Motor Driver

  • Stepper Motor

  • Potentiometer

  • Large Breadboard

  • Medium Breadboard

  • Small Breadboard

  • Full range of resistors
  • Capacitors

  • Large range of LEDS in different colors and multi-color LEDs

  • Diode

  • Thermistor

  • Transistor

  • Humidity Sensor

  • Tilt Ball Switch

  • L293D Motor Driver Chip

  • Arduino Expansion Shield

  • Step-Down Voltage Converter

  • 4x AA Battery Pack and Holder
  • 8x AA Battery Pack and Holder

  • 9v Battery Pack

  • Raspberry Pi Power Supply

  • 5x Power Switch buttons

  • Specially sourced screwdriver

  • 4x Smart Car Wheels

  • Over 25 construction parts for Robot Arm and Smart Car

  • 4 Digit 7-Segment LED Display

  • 100 Breadboard Jumper Wires

  • Photo Resistor

  • Speaker Buzzer

  • Micro USB to USB Female Cable

  • USB to USB-A (square) Cable

Do we have to commit to the full 6 months?

No! While it is unlikely to happen, but still, whatever the reason, you can always pull out early. Any remaining pro-rated amount will be refunded after deducting the cost of the kit and days attended. In any case, payment is monthly, so you can always choose to discontinue at the end of a month.

What if a student is stuck on a task and is falling behind?

We will not let this happen. One hour of every day will be reserved for 1 on 1 with students who are facing any problems understanding a step, or technical issues, or equipment malfunctions and so on. Any student can call in via zoom or be present during this time, or additionally before or after the class to have their issues looked at.

What if my kid is too smart for the rest of the class and gets bored?

"Bored" is a state not allowed in our classes. Whenever a student is visibly finishing tasks early they will immediately get additional challenging tasks to complete while the rest of the students are working on the previous task.

What equipment do we need?

  • A Mac, Windows, or Linux laptop with administrative rights to install Arduino, Python and other programming tools. If you have a newer Mac or Windows laptop with only USB-C ports, you will need a USB-C to female USB adapter to be able to connect the Arduino to your computer.

Equipment for attending from home?

Besides a computer:

  • Internet Access to download required tools and utilities

  • Ability to use zoom

  • Thats it, everything else will be provided in the mailed kit, including a special webcam so the instructor can view your build in real-time!

Is there any discount for siblings?

Yes! Use code MULTIPLE2 when checking out.

Is there any discount if I register for multiple classes or sessions?

Yes! Use code MULTIPLE2 when checking out.

What if my child is not old enough?

If your child is 12 years old but you believe he or she is seriously into this subject and will be excited to attend, please give us a call to discuss.

Additionally, 12 years for a younger child is fine if you have two kids and both will attend together.

Limited seating in each class

  • After-school classes conducted from Mountain View

  • Attend from anywhere, or in-person at Mountain View, CA with maximum COVID-19 precautions

  • Custom robotics educational kit

Are you a school administrator or teacher  looking for hands-on robotics classes with distance learning for your students? Contact Us!

Message From Founder / Head Instructor

I am interested, but still have some questions:

What if I attended the summer program and don't want to repeat some of the classes?

Option 1: Merge into the Robotics program in Jan 2021 which will continue past the summer program content

Option 2: If you did not attend all of summer program classes, you can join the current robotics program in the middle after the point at which you left off. Please call to discuss.

 

What Parents Are Saying

He really loved the class last week and was so excited to show me what he learned.  He kept trying to demo the robot arm for me while I was driving home....  It was good to see him get more into the programming, that's been an area he's not that comfortable with, so he seems to have picked up quite a bit.   I think he would really like the 3D printing one as well.

 

Thanks again and stay safe!

Barbara W.

<Son> was excited about the Robotics class he took with you a few weeks ago, and he wants to sign up for the Advanced Robotics if you still have a space for him. Please let me know what I need to do to register him!

Archana U.

Meredith W.

<Son> is really enjoying exploring the robotic arm and everything he learned in your class. He enjoys working on it everyday on his own, trying new ideas and really persisting till it works!

Thanks so much again!

She really enjoyed the way you taught the class and had fun building and programming the robotic arm. She is looking forward to the next class.

Anu K.

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