Teaching Kids to Teach Robots
We believe more children need to be encouraged to make and break things, to create out of their imagination, to build inventions no one has every thought of before. In our Spring and Summer Camps, we strive to provide an environment where making is fun.
We believe building, making, coding and tinkering are important ways kids can prepare for the yet-to-be-invented careers of the 21st century.
We call ourselves Daedalos because we are inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of the Greek mythological inventor Daedalus*.
Daedalos Academy was founded in 2014 by Ana & Barish Golland in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Both Ana and Barish have a combined 20+ years of experience teaching in K-12 education, Learning Technology and using LEGO® Education in the classroom. Together they have two wonderful children, Lourdes and David, whose creativity and constant desire to learn are their joy and inspiration!
To help children think critically and logically
To develop problem solving skills
To promote collaboration
To equip children with transferable technical skills
To foster creativity & inspire curiosity
To help children be comfortable with tinkering – prototyping, testing, etc.
To help children appreciate that the process is more important than the outcome
Founder & Program Director
Ana Golland founded Daedalos Enrichment Programs (Daedalos Academy) in 2014. Ana has over 15 years experience in the education sector working in a variety of organizations teaching kindergarten to primary school children. Ana has a Master of Arts in Ancient Cultures, Religions and Ethnicity from UBC.
Lead STEM & Robotics Instructor
Braydan Pastucha has a dual degree Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science from UBC. He aspires to be a middle school science teacher and move a generation of young people to critically think and consider multiple perspectives. Braydan works with Daedalos because it allows kids to apply scientific principles to real world and hands-on problems, a crucial step in understanding.
Matt Ho is a Statistics and Computer Science student at UBC, with lots of excitement for disruptive technologies and robotics! He brings over three years of international-level robotics experience from FIRST Robotics Competitions, and hopes to transfer the knowledge and nuances he has learned over the years to the next generation.
Megan is a current student at UBC, studying Mathematics and Astronomy. Her passion for LEGO and getting young people excited about STEM naturally guided her to Daedalos and LEGO Robotics in 2018. She enjoys helping children to think critically about how to solve problems and loves seeing their creativity applied to the design and programming of a robot.
Our Awesome Alumni
Senior Robotics Instructor & STEM Teacher Trainer
Davor Egersdorfer has a Masters in Science Education at UBC, as well as a BSc in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Cape Town. A former teacher, he is passionate about helping kids learn through technology. Working with LEGO robotics at Daedalos was a childhood dream come true! Davor now works as Campus Director for Spirit of Math Inc.
Yonit Segal completed her Masters Degree in Physics and decided to become a STEM teacher. Besides her experience as a high school teacher, her previous Science Museum work gave her opportunities to share her love of science. Yonit is fascinated by the independence of the youngest students at Daedalos, and how quickly they learn to build and program their LEGO robots.
Robotics Instructor, FLL Coach and Ultra-nerdy Handy-man
Justin Derwee is a Computer Science student at UBC with a passion for robotics, programming, and technology. He brings three years of robotics experience through the First Robotics Competition during his high school years. Through Daedalos, Justin helped promote a STEM environment where kids are able to explore while learning applicable skills.