Los Angeles 411: Rolling Robots-- Glendale; Palos Verdes, California
Are your kids bored with outings to the movies or the park? Well, Rolling Robots offers a new experience that is as educational as it is fun. Your kids will design, build and even battle their own robots! Created by a couple of aerospace engineers/ college instructors, Rolling Robots not only sparks children's' imaginations, but also helps their visions come alive with a few circuits and little programming.
With workshops that cater to kids as young as seven, Rolling Robots offers five workshop levels to progressively teach kids technology. Starting with “Fun with Technology”, kids learn concepts of circuity, electricity and magnetism, keyboard shortcuts, engineering structures and geometry. Projects kids build include experimenting with LED lighting circuits, bridge building, gravity and forces and electric motor operations.
Kids then progress on to the “Mech-Robots” workshop during which kids design and build their own radio-controlled robots. Whether kids have previous experience building robots or not, this workshop works because kids work in small groups to accomplish a common goal. Projects worked on in this workshop include mechanism design, driving with precision, invention exercises, and a space exploration challenge.
“Bots with Brains” is the next workshop in the Rolling Robots sequence. Believe it or not, kids ages eight and up learn programming basics that enable them to build competition-level robots. Though a more advanced-level workshop, kids who have a strong desire to learn and some familiarity with technology can also participate.
Kids who just can't get enough of robots can join the “Roboteers Club” and take their love of technology to the next level. Learning to program in several languages including Java, practicing 3D design and printing and building humanoid robots—all just a day of play for members of the “Roboteers Club”. Kids can also battle their bots in the world's only robot arena just for fun!
Rolling Robots also offers kids a way to apply their building, programming, strategy, planning and organizing skills while connecting with the outside world in the way of International Competitions such as: RoboGames, Botball, VexRobotics, First Lego League, Fire Fighting, Robotic Sumo, Combots and Mech Warfare.
Drop-in fees for participating in the workshops is $40 per 2.5 hour session (3:30-6:00) weekdays; $125 for four classes in one month; $150 for members per month (includes unlimited “free build” time); or $250 for advanced workshop membership (includes unlimited “free build” time).
Rolling Robots offers two locations in Los Angeles County—one in Glendale at 180 South Brand Blvd. #101 Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 241-2308 and the other in Palos Verdes at 700 Silver Spur Drive #101 rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (424) 206-9466. Bot on!