Our computer programming class is offered to high-risk youth and teaches them how to code and operate small robots. In this class kids learn basic syntax, key words, programming concepts, how the environment works, what it means to compile, upload & run a program, etc. Each robot consists of an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, a Pololu Zumo-bot and a Sharp distance sensor.
Our kids are learning teamwork and are experiencing the reward of accomplishment and learning a new skill that they can use in the future.
At the end of each session the class has a Robot Wars competition that includes pizza, a certificate of completion and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize ribbons.