South Tampa Community Club
Robotics Enrichment Program

Robot race

Please note that the South Tampa club is currently on hiatus. Registration below is for our notification list so that you can be informed when we restart the club. We currently have active community clubs in North Tampa and Lutz.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students

Activity and Description

The South Tampa Community Robotics Club meets on Wednesdays (excluding school holidays) for 90 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 at Bayshore Baptist Church. We are offering a regular club program for students in grades 3 and up and a Junior Robotics Program for students ages 6 to 9.

Under the direction of Coach Shaw, members of the Robotics Club have an opportunity to learn teamwork, engineering, programming, problem solving, and critical thinking skills all while having fun! Students learn important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts that can help them throughout their academic and professional careers. Club members will use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and other robotics tools to build robots and machines, program them to perform specific tasks, troubleshoot problems, and refine their strategies to address practical challenges. The cost is $80 per student per month.

Beginners start with the basics using tutorials and our special curriculum. They learn sound construction methods, programming and become familiar with the various components of the MINDSTORMS system. Once they have mastered the essential concepts, they'll discover increasingly sophisticated designs by building robots to complete a number of project-oriented tasks, each designed to improve their programming and engineering skills. Sometimes each group will work on particular projects such as animal themed robots or our ever popular battlebots challenge while at other times the entire club will be engaged in a higher level challenge. Some of the activities encourage participation by parents.

We organize the kids into small groups based on age and experience. Each group chooses the challenges they wish to pursue. They will engage in other related activities to build teamwork and allow them to interact outside of their immediate groups. Parents are welcome to stay to help out during meetings. Periodically, we will engage in group projects that everyone participates in.

Junior FIRST LEGO League (for students ages 6-9)
If there is sufficient interest, we will be conducting a special Jr. FIRST LEGO League program for students ages 6-9. You can learn more about it here. The program will culminate in an expo in which the teams will display their projects. There is an additional activity fee to participate in Jr. FLL that covers team registration, the expo and materials. Jr. FLL is an eight week commitment. Tuition for two months club participation plus the activity fee totals $200.

About the Coach

Coach Shaw has led FIRST® LEGO League Robotics teams in Florida since 2006. In 2010, he was recognized as the Florida Mentor of the Year for his work with FLL®. Mr. Shaw offers after school enrichment programs at numerous public, private and charter schools. He firmly believes that winning is fun but is secondary to ensuring that kids have a positive learning experience. He places as much emphasis on team and character building as he does on fostering technology skills.

How to enroll

Complete the enrollment form below. If enrollment exceeds the maximum of twenty students, students will be placed on a waiting list until spots become available. Once we have exhausted the waiting list, we will reopen enrollment for future sessions. Dues for the club are $80 per month. We prorate months with fewer than four meetings at $20 per meeting.

Thank you for enrolling your child in our community robotics enrichment program! Once you complete the basic information below, we will update our roster. You will still need to complete the registration packet and bring it with your student on your first day.

After completing this page, your child will be pre-registered for our program (unless you are RSVPing for our open house). If you are registering for our open house, please let me know in the message field below and don't pay anything - the open house is free! Club registration is complete once payment has been received. On the next page, if there is space in the club, you'll have the opportunity to pay online. Otherwise, you'll automatically be placed on the waiting list.

 

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Our refer a friend promotions are available to new and existing club members in good standing. To claim your free week, your friend should either mention you by name in the message field of the online preregistration form or write your name onto the paper registration form where it asks, "How did you hear about us?" Once their registration is complete, we'll notify you about your free week or month. There are no extra paperwork or steps needed to claim your reward.