South Tampa Community Club
Robotics Enrichment Program

Robot race

Enrollment is limited to twelve students
The club is open to 3rd grade* and up.

Activity and Description

The South Tampa Community Robotics Club meets weekly (excluding school holidays) for 90 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30. Membership in the club is maintained on a month-to-month basis.

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.

About the Coach

Coach Shaw has led both competitive and non-competive LEGO programs since 2006. In 2010, he was recognized as the Florida Mentor of the Year for his work with FLL®. Through the school year, Mr. Shaw offers after school enrichment programs at numerous public, private and charter schools. In 2013, he founded Inspiration Labs, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide technology education for both students and adults.

Join the waiting list

Complete the enrollment form below. We'll add you to our confidential waiting list and let you know in August when the club is restarting in South Tampa. You'll have the option then to register or not. By joining the waiting list, you are not committing to joining the club in the fall. You are merely holding a spot in line.


We greatly value your privacy and ours. Your personal information will never be shared with outside parties under any circumstances without your prior consent.

Refund and Payment Policy

Membership in the South Tampa Robotics Club is on a month to month basis. If you sign up for a monthly subscription and do not wish to continue, please log in to your Payal account and cancel the subscription.

Previous Projects

These are just a few of the projects we've worked on in the past.
SUMO Bots!
NXT Astro Blasters