03 May 2017

Play with LEGO & Learn Coding at LEGO Robotics Summer Camps – Extra Week Added

One Extra Week of Robotics Camps  – July 17-21st

By popular demand, we’ve added one more week of our LEGO® Robotics Camps from July 17th to 21st, so we now have a total of 5 weeks to chose from this summer. Register here or find out more: LEGO Robotics Summer Camps Info & Registrations. Registration is filling up but there are still some spots available, so register soon!

Kids Learn Vital 21st Century Skills while having fun playing and coding with LEGO®!

Coding with Robotics is a great way for kids to make an early start on the jobs of the future. That’s what this article and many others are saying. There are great resources for learning to code online, but there is nothing like hands-on Robotics to help apply coding in a very tangible and enjoyable way, which is why we love LEGO Education so much. And while we’re serious about teaching computational thinking, coding, problem solving and teamwork skills, kids have lots of fun in doing all sorts of Robotics games and competitions at our camps. Just check out our previous Summer Camp videos on YouTube.

Prep for Provincial and World Robotics Competitions

Over the summer we spend some of our time with the older kids (Grades 4 and up) using FIRST LEGO League field sets and GearBots BCIT Coding Challenge mats to challenge kids to work in teams to solve robotic challenges in a fun, engaging way. During the school year we take select teams of students to FLL Provincial championships as well as the BCIT Coding Challenge in the spring. We took 2 teams this year to FLL and 3 teams to GearBots, with great success and learning experience all around.

Want to see more robotics at your school?

We provide both after school and In-Class Science curriculum aligned programming for schools in 8 week formats, so if you are interested in bringing that to your school, check out our flyers here: In Class Enrichment Programs, Sample After School Flyer. Or contact us on the website.

 

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23 Feb 2017

LEGO Robotics Spring Term Program & Camp Registration Now Open + FLL News

Spring After School Program Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our after school programs from April – June 2017. Please check out website for details on specific schools or click here to register directly: UHill, VTT, EJQ, NRP, QME, Trafalgar, LKE, GGE.  We are always doing new building and programming activities for returning students, and Mindstorms students get to practice their FLL skills with new challenges for the upcoming competition season.

Spring and Summer Camps Registration Now Open with Early Bird Discount (Summer)

We’re offering two weeks of Spring Camps in March and 4 weeks of Summer Camps in July and August. More info and to register, click here: March Spring Camps | July & August Summer Camps. Summer Camps are 10% off for early bird registration until mid March. As always, each camp is one of a kind – we always plan new activities for all grade levels every time based on the mix of returning and new students.

FIRST LEGO League BC Regional Championship Tournament News – Both our Teams in the top 10!

We took two teams, the Ballistic Parrots from University Hill Elementary and Mr. Noodles from Lord Kitchener Elementary and Ecole Jules Quesnel,  to the FIRST LEGO League BC Regional Championship Tournament in Victoria, BC, on February 4th, 2017. Both teams did incredibly well and we all had an amazing time at the tournament. 29 teams in total representing schools from across the province were there. The teams presented research projects on solutions for animals in danger from human intervention, and participated in tournament robot races. Mr. Noodles came in 4th place and Ballistic Parrots in 9th, so both in the top 10! Our coach, Barish Golland, won the Coach/Mentor award for outstanding work coaching the UHill LEGO Robotics Club team and several other schools. We’re super proud of both teams and thank all the parent volunteers who helped make this memorable event happen. For photos check out our Facebook Album!

 

 

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19 Jan 2017

LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2017 Registration Open – UBC, Vancouver

10% Discount until January 31st

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for our one of a kind LEGO Robotics Spring Camps, happening this March from the 13th to the 17th and the 20th to the 24th at University Chapel, UBC. And we have added a 10% discount to all returning parents on the ticket price until January 31st. We are limited to 24 participants per week, so we suggest you register early as spaces usually fill up fast. Register here or click for more information:

LEGO Robotics Spring Camp Registration Page

Every Camp Unique

Every camp is unique, and we’re always trying something new. Our qualified and experienced STEM educators plan different robotics activities and programming challenges customized to the mix of returning and new students, so that no returning student ever does the same thing over again. Instead they are given new and more challenging activities and as they progress in their robotics and programming skills.

Differentiated Learning

At Daedalos Academy LEGO® Robotics Camps, kids create, build, program and operate robotic animals, machines and vehicles using LEGO® Education Robotics and Computer Programming. We place your child into grade level appropriate activities based on age, skill level, ability and past experience in the program.

Videos from Winter and Summer Camps 2016

Check out these video playlists from previous camps we’ve had in 2016:

LEGO Robotics Winter Camp 2016

LEGO Robotics Summer Camps 2016:  Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Or check out our YouTube or Facebook page for more! We’re also on Twitter and Instagram. We’re always adding new videos, so like us and share!

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08 Nov 2016

Registration Opens at 4pm Today for January 2017 Robotics After School Programs

Winter 2017 Registration Opens 4pm Today

Registration for our Winter 2017 January – March LEGO Robotics Programs opens at 4pm today, November 8th. Here are the links to the schools:

Calendar Tip – Copy Our Google Calendars to stay up to date

To help you keep track of the dates on your personal calendars, you can chose to copy a specific calendar for a school session directly to your calendar by going to our Calendar on the website, then clicking on the school event, then selecting “copy to my calendar”. See screenshot here:

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Winter Camp 2016 – December 19th-23rd

We still have spots open for our 1 week Robotics winter camp. Register here: Winter Camp 2016. And here’s one of the many robotic contraptions your kids could be making: Santa Claus’s LEGO Mindstorms Sleigh

Help us be Best on the Block!

Please consider giving us a review on Chatterblock from now until January 15th, 2017. You’ll get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card from Chatterblock. Write your review here: Review Us on Chatterblock. Thanks!

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02 Oct 2016

New Winter LEGO Robotics Camp Now Open – Dec. 19th-23rd, 2016 at UBC

We’re happy to announce that we are now able to offer a full-day Winter Camp from December 19th to 23rd,  from 9-3pm at University Chapel. We have a special early bird discount until October 15th for all our returning LEGO RoboCampers. Check the website for more details, or register here:

LEGO Robotics Winter Camp – Dec. 19-23 Registration Page

January to February After School Programs and March Spring Break

We’ll be launching January 2017 After School Program registration in early November. Stay tuned for details! March Break camp registration opens January 3rd, 2017.

Wishing everyone a fantastic week,

Best regards,

Ana Golland

Program Coordinator

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01 Aug 2016

LEGO Robotics Fall 2016 Registration Now Open! – Special Discount until August 15th

Fall 2016 Programs – Registration Opens August 1st!

We’re very excited to launch our Fall 2016 Robotics Programs, and you’re the first to know! Registration opens today on our website and we’re offering returning parents a special 10% discount until August 15th. This fall we have Robotics programs at UHill Elementary, École Jules Quesnel, Norma Rose Point, Vancouver Talmud Torah, Trafalgar Elementary and Lord Kitchener Elementary. So what’s new for Robotics in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year?

Increased Student to Teacher Ratio

We’re thrilled to be able to offer a 6 to 1 student to teacher ratio this fall, for even more hands-on, high-touch support in developing computational thinking, engineering skills, problem solving and more. We have an amazing group of very talented and highly skilled Robotics Instructors that are true role models to the younger generation. We have with us UBC students soon to be Mathematicians, Integrated and Electrical Engineers, Computer Scientists, and Cognitive Systems experts. A lot of nerd power in the room!

More Advanced Coding Languages

With the help of our computer science instructor, we’re introducing more advanced programming tools like RobotC for Mindstorms and Scratch for WeDo 2.0 that more closely simulate coding languages used in the robotics/software engineering industries.  These programming languages will be accessible to students who have completed and show competency in previous Robotics levels using the LabView and WeDo visual building block programming interfaces.

FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition coming to town, fingers crossed!

We are coordinating our efforts with interested parent volunteers and the Victoria, B.C. FLL chapter to bring the internationally acclaimed FIRST LEGO League Robotics competition back to Vancouver! This year’s theme is Animal Allies, “all about our furry, feathered and finned friends.” We hope to have a representative qualifying team from each of our schools represented at either the FLL or BCIT GearBots SkillsBC Robotics Challenge coming up next Spring 2017.  Stay tuned for more details to come!

No Robotics Program at your school yet?

If there is no STEM/Robotics programs being offered at your daughter/son’s school and if you think there will be interest in starting one, please contact us with details of how we can coordinate with the PAC or Principal to make this happen. We also offer classroom solutions during the school day for introducing STEM, Robotics and applied, hands-on coding lessons that align with the new BC Science curriculum learning outcomes and help with BC’s new initiative to introduce coding in schools.

Videos from RoboCamps

We have lots of videos posted already from Week 1 and Week 2 of Summer LEGO Robotics Camp, and more to come at the end of August. Every week is unique and some of the Robotics creations students come up with have been truly amazing!

Have a great end of summer!

Wishing you a very relaxing and fun-filled rest of the summer, and hope to see you soon!

Warm regards,

Ana Golland

Founder, Program Director
Daedalos Academy – Play | Create | Learn
www.daedalosacademy.com
info@daedalosacademy.com
(604) 345-8603

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22 Mar 2016

Videos from LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2016 Week 1, March 14-18

Hi everyone,

We had a fantastic first week at LEGO Robotics Spring Camp and we’ve taken some videos to share what your amazing kids have done. You can watch the whole YouTube Playlist here or check on our Facebook Page as well to share with family and friends. Enjoy!

LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2016 – Week 1 Day 5

Escape the Zombies & Free the Civilians! | LEGO WeDo Ferris Wheels, Merry-Go-Rounds and WeDo 2.0 Helicopters!

 LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2016 Week 1 Day 4

Sumo Wrestling Tournament | LEGO WeDo Crane Project | WeDo 2.0 Bee Pollinating Flower | Elephant vs Humanoid and more!

LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2016 – Week 1 Day 3

Sink-the-Billiard-Balls Robotics Game | Mindstorms Colour Sorter | NXT Brick Conveyor Belt | WeDo 2.0 iPad App in Action | Adorable LEGO Birds and Chicks chirping | LEGO WeDo Crane and more!! 

LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2016 – Week 1 Day 2

Space Challenge Missions, WeDo 1.0 Merry-go-round, WeDo 2.0 Seismic Building Test, Frog and race car, NXT humanoid and mystery machine, and Ev3 Remote Controlled R2D2!!

LEGO Robotics Spring Camp 2016 – Week 1 Day 1

Kids built amazing structures, tried out the new WeDo 2.0 sets, built robotic puppies that sleep and eat, and battled with Animal Robots!

We’d love to hear from you!

If your child enjoyed the Robotics Spring camp, please share the joy with other parents by posting on our Facebook, or write a review on Chatterblock, or add a comment on our website. We thank you in advance!!

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31 Jan 2016

Spring Break Robotics Camps Registration Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce registration is now open for our Spring Break Robotics camps for the two weeks of March 2016. We’re offering full day (9-3pm) and half day (9-12) programs, with an option on the first week for childminding until 4:30pm. Please click here for more information: Robotics Spring Camp. Below is more information on our Robotics Camps, including summer registration link as well (for those of you who really like to plan ahead).

Coding, Building, Computational Thinking, Teamwork, Lots of fun!!

At LEGO Robotics Camp, kids create, build, program and operate robotic animals, machines and vehicles using LEGO® Education WeDo and Mindstorms Robotics with Computer Programming. On the way they learn computational and critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills.

We place your child into grade level appropriate activities based on skill, ability, experience and preference. Returning students from After School Programs will be placed in more advanced levels with new sets of activities that will challenge them further.

LEGO® Education Robotics Activities (K-Gr8):

LEGO Robotics Camp Registration LinkFor Spring Camps March 2016

register_greenFor Summer Camps July-August 2016

 

TYPICAL SCHEDULE:

Morning Session (9:00-12:00pm): Full Robotics Program for all Grade levels

Lunch break (12:00-1:00pm) – Outside at the University Chapel park and covered table area

  • Students bring their own lunch, do outside activities at the park, play sports such as badminton, basketball – supervision, sports equipment provided

Afternoon Session (1:00pm-3:00pm): Full Robotics Program for all Grade levels, with more active teamwork events such as Competition Games and Challenge Missions

Videos from our last year’s LEGO Robotics Camps:

LEGO Robotics Camp Vancouver 2016 LEGO Robotics Camp Vancouver 2016 LEGO Robotics Camp Vancouver 2016

 

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03 Jan 2016

Coming up in 2016 – New Robotics STEM Programs!

Dear Parents,

We hope all of you have had a very restful holiday season and Happy New Year 2016 to all! We’re excited to launch some new themes for our robotics programs in 2016!

FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek

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We’re super excited to introduce for the first time a full FIRST LEGO League Challenge missions program at our schools where students have already completed the Space Challenge Journey to Mars missions last semester.  With the Trash Trek challenge, students will learn all about problem solving solutions to one of the biggest problems today, dealing responsibly with trash and making a difference for the environment. Here is more information about the FLL Trash Trek Challenge:

Trash Trek Robot Game | Trash Trek Challenge Overview | More about FIRST LEGO League

MIT Scratch and LEGO Education

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For students who have already completed the introductory and advanced levels of LEGO WeDo, we’re introducing more advanced coding opportunities by integrating MIT’s Scratch coding system directly with LEGO WeDo and Simple Machines elements for a fun, challenging new program.

Videos from Fall 2015

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Videos from the Fall 2015 September – December term are now on our YouTube Channel and our Facebook page. Check them out!

Programs for January – June 2016

There are still a few spots available for some of our January programs, and we have also opened up registration for the 8 week April – June 2016 programs. For more details please visit our events on the website: http://daedalosacademy.com/event-category/2016/

From all of us at Daedalos Academy, we wish you and yours an amazing year full of joy, health and fun challenges!

Ana Golland

 

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26 Aug 2015

Videos from Summer Camp | Registration Now Open for Fall After School Robotics Programs

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a great summer! We’ve uploaded videos for our Robotics Camps in July and we have some amazing footage,  especially the kids’ re-enactment of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King using Mindstorms Oliphaunts!

The kids did some amazing new challenges and competitions we’ve never tried before, check out the rest of the videos here: Week 1 Videos | Week 2 Videos. Also check out photos here: Week 1 Photos | Week 2 Photos.

After School Programs in the Fall 2015

We’re opening up registration on August 26th (August 31st for LKE) for the following after school programs this fall:
1. Mondays (LEGO WeDo for Grades 1-2) at University Hill Elementary, 3:15-4:45pm, 10 weeks from Sept. 14th – Nov. 30th

2.  Wednesdays at Norma Rose Point School, 3:15-4:45pm, 10 weeks from Sept. 16th to Nov. 25th

3. TBC on August 31st: Fridays at Lord Kitchener Elementary School, 3:30pm-5:00pm, 10 weeks from Sept. 18th to Dec. 4th

Tell us how your child liked their last Robotics Camp or after school program and get 10% off a fall registration. Click here to leave a comment or send us a reply email with your feedback.

Hope you enjoy the few more days of summer that are left and hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,

Ana Golland

Program Director,

Daedalos Academy

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