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Join our Neurodiverse Robotics Program this summer!
Neurodiverse Robotics has partnered with PAFN to deliver a robotics program consisting of four workshops for individuals with diverse needs who would like to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), while building, programing, and competing with VEX robots in a fun, engaging environment.
Who are our workshops for?
Our workshops are for individuals with diverse needs, who in the Summer 2022 will have either completed or about to enter grades 8-12.
Where will these workshops take place?
The workshops will be held at the Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) Richmond hub, located on 3688 Cessna Drive, V7B 1C7
How much do the workshops cost?
The workshops are completely free. We are accepting a maximum of 10 participants per workshop.
When will the workshops take place?
The program has 4 sessions, each session is about 2 hours. Please note that when participants register, they will be registering for four sessions in either June or July. See our summer dates below:
|Day 1||Fri 3, 4:30- 5:30pm||Mon 4, 2:00-3:00pm
|Day 2||Fri 10, 4:30- 5:30pm
|Wed 6, 2:00-3:00pm
|Day 3||Fri 17, 4:30- 5:30pm
|Mon 11, 2:00-3:00pm
|Day 4||Fri 24, 4:30- 5:30pm
|Wed 13, 2:00-3:00pm
How can I register?
If you would like to receive a registration pack, please contact Vera Pina Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org
VEX Robotics Workshops
|ACTIVITY||DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||Day 4|
|Vex||Build Session||Build Session (continued)||Programming
Day 1: Introduction to the program. Participants will begin building their robots using a set of instructions to follow along while being encouraged to incorporate their own mechanisms.
Day 2: Participants will continue building their robot. On this day, programming will be introduced through a brief lesson.
Day 3: Participants will complete the building and programming aspects of their robot.
Day 4: The program will conclude with an exciting competition for participants to test their robots.
Building a VEX Robot
The participants will be given a VEX IQ kit that includes an instruction manual to follow the design they will build. The manual contains both simple and complex designs. Participants will be encouraged to choose one of the designs available, while incorporating their own ideas. VEX IQ is a plastic snap together construction system that makes for an easy build. The pieces are very similar to Lego and do not require any additional tools than the ones provided in the kit. These kits are used to accommodate the challenges that neurodiverse individuals might face with their fine-motor skills.
Coding a VEX Robot
The participants will be presented with a lesson on the basics of coding and what aspects they will be using to code their robots. The participants will be working with “drag & drop” coding provided by VEXcode IQ, which is the language the robot uses to understand its commands. This session will engage the participants in the programming aspect of creating a robot.
Finally, the participants will conclude their workshop with Tag Bots–an exciting competition to test their robots and compete with friends. Tag Bots is a competition that involves the use of sensors to engage in a game of tag. When a robot’s sensor is touched, they lose a life. After they have lost all three lives, they are out. The last robot standing wins! Through this competition, the participants will understand the application of robots.