Status Some updates

Noticing limitations in the free-build educational style, we have adopted a more structured education around the Lego pieces — building our way up from simple blocks to entire arrangements of interlocking technic parts. I hope next class we can begin introducing, at the very least, motor-based actuators, if not entire more complex kits. We will have to shift from a more individual approach to team builds as projects become increasingly complicated.

I have successfully repaired many legacy Lego microcontrollers, as well as creating a virtualized environment for the legacy software, which will be distributed on each Genius Institute laptop during the next computer class (and provide access to other legacy edutainment games). Additionally, due to complaints that the machines were not functioning well enough, each machine now will have at least 4GB of RAM, 256MB of which will be allocated to the virtual machine environment when needed.

We will additionally be providing access to several complete kits, including a legacy Lego EDU kit approximating the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0 (except with more parts), and Lego Mindstorms NXT, which we just recently received. The focus of these will be concepts including modular assembly, actuation, and mechanical energy transfer and storage.

The computer class will continue to focus on different things depending on student needs, however we will be adding a section for Lego robotics programming, which will provide an introduction to basic programming concepts including loops, conditional statements, and variables.

July 8th, 2018 … Building a mini car!

Class time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Address: 9200 One Putt Place, Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Today’s schedule:

  1. 1:00 – 1:20 — Lego Free Build 
  2. 1:20 – 1:30 — Aibo the robot dog is BACK! Aibo will demonstrate his amazing skills!
  3. 1:30 – 2:00 — Exploring Snap Circuits #2
  4. 2:00 – 2:45 — Build a Mini Car Project

 

The NEW 2018 Kids Lego Robotics STEM classes are BACK!!!

Starting Sunday July 1st 2018!!

The class will be every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM through the end of December 2018.

Here is the website from last year – we will continue the fun this year! https://geniusinstitute.org

Each class will cover various STEM Topics. Students will get the opportunity to use Legos to build simple machines by practicing planning, problem solving, and evaluation skills. We will have weekly demos of different scientific themes and build a special take home projects! Each month will be dedicated to a STEM Topic, though we will be using many different elements of STEM in each class!

This year sessions are organized by Month. When paying by session, the class tuition is $75.00 per month. Drop-in’s (pay as you go) students are welcome for 20.00 per class.

Monthly Tuition fees and Topics (Topics may change):

  • July $75.00 – Electricity and Circuits   
  • August $75.00 – Power Generation
  • September $75.00 – Magnetism
  • October $75.00 – Light, Rays and Radio Waves
  • November $75.00 – Simple Machines
  • December $75.00 – Wind, Waves and Lightening

Students who miss a class can get 10.00 per class missed deducted from the next session’s tuition upon request. So, you do not need to worry about missing a class and losing tuition fee.

 
Limit enrollment – 12 children (ages 5 through 11) This class fills up quickly, to reserve a seat in the class please email or call JoAnna as jalmasude@gmail.com (407)446-9944.

Updated Schedule!!

Hello Geniuses! We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Due to the holiday weekend and student’s travel we have updated the class schedule!

Class One: Sunday November 12th: Flashlight Kit
Class Two:Sunday November 19th: Balloon-Bot
Class Three:Sunday December 3rd: Night Light Kit
Class Four: Sunday December 10th: Propeller Car
Class Five: Sunday December 17th: Giant Brush Bot

Class Notes: 11/12/2017 Pasta Bot Complete!

Today was Class #1 of Fall Session 2!!

Welcome back to many of our past Genius Kids and of course welcome to our new Geniuses!  The next 5 weeks of classes promises to be very educational and a lot of fun!

We finished up the Pasta Bots! After 10 weeks they are finally finished! And we had an interesting demo of a tesla coil! And we also worked on a flashlight kit! Here are the photos:

 

Status Getting Ready for Sunday!

Today Alex and I did a lot of work preparing for the upcoming Fall 2 Lego Robotics STEM Class. We had to do many repairs to the shorted and broken Lego battery/motor leads. The leads supply energy from the 9V batteries to the Lego motors.

    

 

 Problem two, we also need to use the same leads for the traditional Mindstorms Bricks, meaning they need to first connect Legos motos to 9V batteries and also be able to easily convert to have lego connectors on both ends. So, after some research Alex found the answer, Yueton® Fully Insulated Wire Crimp Terminal Nylon Quick Connectors Wiring Spade. So we ordered a lot … and prepared the terminals for receiving the new connectors.

So the new connectors have been ordered and the Lego leads are soldered and ready for the new connectors. Hopefully they will arrive ready for the Fall 2 class this Sunday!

Fall 2 Lego Robotic’s Class Schedule is announced!!!

Fall 2 STEM Projects:

  • Class One: Sunday November 12th: Flashlight Kit
  • Class Two:Sunday November 19th: Balloon-Bot
  • Class Three:Sunday December 3rd: Wobble-bot
  • Class Four: Sunday December 10th: Tin Can Robot 
  • Class Five: Sunday December 17th: Giant Brush Bot

Class tuition is $75.00 and the Project supply fee for Fall is $25.00 plus batteries.  🙂

*Students who complete all projects will earn a *Genius Institute Certificate*