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.

Fun making and Sailing Boats!

Awesome time making these motor powered boats! We had and interesting time putting them into the pool!

The supply list is as follows:

  1. Foam Pool Noodles (orange and red)
  2. colored popsicle sticks
  3. battery box (double A)
  4. drone motor with propeller
  5. hot glue
  6. tape (for wires)







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!

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 (407)446-9944.

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!

Class Notes: 10/7/2017 … Program for PastaBot Remote Control!

Hello Robot Geniuses!

Today we are going to add remote controls to our PastaBots! Here is the code we will be covering in-class.

You can get the entire library from here.

In case you want to play with the code and/or reinstall yourself, you can find instructions on how to install libraries here. Note that you will need the Arduino IDE first. There are versions for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Full instructions will be hosted on GitHub as soon as Alex finishes writing them.

You can find the Arduino IDE on this page.

The PastaBot library is licensed GNU GPLv3! 🙂

See you at the PGA Island Club in Port Saint Lucie, Florida!

Welcome to Fall 2017

Robotic’s Class Schedule Fall 1

Fall class costs $75.00 for tuition, plus a $25.00 lab/materials fee. If you cannot attend all of the classes, here are the fees to attend them separately. The base price for each class is $15.00 (for 3 hours) plus $5.00 lab fee. The materials lab fee coves the price of the price of class supplies.
NOTE: Students who didn’t attend the Summer class will need to pay an extra $30.00 for the base robot.
*I need to know ahead of time exactly which classes that students will attend so I will have the correct number of parts!  Please!!  🙂 
  • Projects:

    • Class One: Saturday September 30th: BrushBot & Breadboard LED Lights
    • Class Two: Saturday October 7thRobot Programming Remote Controller & Flag 
    • Saturday October 14th – NO CLASS
    • Class Three: Saturday October 21stRobot Programming & Touch Sensors
    • Class Four: Saturday October 28th: Robot Programming & LED
    • Class Five: Saturday November 4thRobot Programming & Distance Sensor

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

Robotics Class Schedule

Saturday Afternoon at PGA Village Island Club
July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 19, Aug 26
9200 One Putt Place, Port Saint Lucie, Florida

  • Arrival/2:00-2:15: Free Build (with Legos)
  • 2:15-2:45: Robot Demo (demonstration)
  • 2:45-3:30: Team Experiment (Daily Concept)
  • 3:30-3:45 Break
  • 3:45-4:00: Daily Project Build Demo (demonstration)
  • 4:00-4:45: Project Production
  • 4:45-5:00: Clean up!