What is robofun® all about?

Robofun provides children and teachers a place to learn about coding, engineering and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Mathematics) in a way that is child driven and project based.

What can you expect when you send your child to a robofun® program?

A warm nurturing environment where your child is known personally by his/her teacher and treated caringly and respectfully. A family-like environment where the happiness of each child is of utmost importance to us.  A place where children have fun, learn new things, and make new friends.

What makes robofun® special?

Robofun was started and is led by Laura Hart and we are currently celebrating our 20th year anniversary! Laura has a Master’s Degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Painting and Sculpture from Skidmore College. She firmly believes that we learn best by being makers; when we make things we are passionate about we learn more deeply and the skills we learn are often transferable to other areas of learning.
 
Kids are very passionate about coding, building and designing. Robofun provides a place to do this.  Classes consist of a number of parts that usually include (but are not limited to): 
 
a) Presentation of a problem or a challenge to solve
b) Instruction in coding, building, or designing
c) Time to code, build and design either in groups of two or individually
d) Individual attention from our teachers
e) Circle time where everyone shares his/her work

How do you decide what class is appropriate for my child?

Our classes are generally grouped by age, however we make exceptions when appropriate. We expect that there will be children with little or no experience working side by side with a child who may have come to robofun many times. We believe that everyone does not have to be learning the same thing at the same time and that a variety of approaches and expertise make a rich learning environment where everyone is learning.
 
Our teachers are trained to work with each child individually and to develop expectations for each child based upon their prior knowledge, their goals and motivation.

What is the background of your teachers?

Most of our teachers are in the process of getting their Master’s Degrees in a variety of fields: Education, Interactive Telecommunications, Engineering, Mathematics, Art, to name a few. Our teachers are artists, writers, musicians, and educators. We hire individuals who like children and want to work with them and then we put them through a rigorous training process.

What goes on during summer camp?

We have a different theme and different activities for each week of summer camp (i.e. an amusement park, transportation, machines in your home, making musical instruments).
 
Each week generally includes:
 
a) A daily morning circle when we all arrive.
Staff and students meet as a group prior to splitting up into classes and discuss our day.  Our morning circle usually consists of introductions to our staff, a "getting to know you" activity, review of robofun rules and expectations, bathroom procedures, and review of the day's schedule.  We meet every morning of the week every welcome and prepare our students for a successful and fun day!
b) Morning classes: building, engineering and robotics.
c) Afternoon classes: coding, game designing, and animating.
d) A visiting speaker who talks about working in the field of tech.
e) An end of the week celebration where parents and friends are invited to see their child's work.
f) A “museum walk” where each classroom visits another to see the work that the other children have completed.
g) A morning and afternoon snack.
h) Thirty minutes for lunch beginning at noon.
i) After lunch, full day campers will get thirty minutes of outdoor play if weather permits.  If weather does not permit, campers will participate in 30 minutes of indoor game and story time.  Electronics are turned off during this time.  For outdoor play, students are taken to the nearest playgroung, Frederick Douglas playground, by an adequate ratio of adults to students.

Can you provide a class or lesson at our home?

Yes we can!  We can set up a one time or recurring lesson at home or at our Upper West Side studio located on 102nd street and Broadway.  Please email Jessica Romero at jessica@robofun.org for more information or call the office at 212-245-0444 and speak with Jessica.

Can my child take their project home?

Within 2 hours after camp is over on Friday, your child’s coding project will be emailed to you. However, the LEGO materials they use do not go home.  This material costs between $200 and $400.00. They can take home (and always do) their enthusiasm and excitement for their RoboFun experience. We will send you pictures throughout the week of your child and the work they are creating.

Can I sign up over the phone?

Yes you can! We are always happy to help you with this. Please call us at 212-245-0444 to sign up by phone or sign up on our website.

Can I set up a class for my child and friends?

Yes! Call us at 212-245-0444 or email Jessica Romero at jessica@robofun.org to set up the details. We can run private classes during the day, after school and even on weekends!  We run many private classes that are set up by parents for independent and public school vacation days.

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