GearBots and EcoDairy team up for robotics courses

Children in the Fraser Valley will soon be able to tap into a global technology movement with new robotics courses

Children in the Fraser Valley will soon be able to tap into a global technology movement with new robotics courses coming this fall to EcoDairy.

The courses, to start in September, are the result of a partnership between Lower Mainland robotics education provider, GearBots, and EcoDairy.

The five-week programs are designed to ignite youths’ interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) through hands-on sessions focusing on robotics, computer coding, electronic circuitry and 3D printing.

The after-school courses are open to children ages nine years and older and will run on Mondays, starting Sept. 14. Home-schooled students will have the opportunity to enrol in a daytime program starting Monday, Sept. 21.

Additional programs for more advanced students will also be offered at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack trades campus with more details to be announced soon.

The two organizations will host a special launch event – entitled “the bitOlympics” – using littleBits technology at the EcoDairy on Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m.

The two-hour workshop will see kids assigned an Olympic sport and be challenged to come up with an innovation to meet the needs of that sport. Cost is $10 per child, and space is limited.

To register for the bitOlympics or to find out more about GearBots courses at EcoDairy and the UFV Chilliwack Trades and Technology campus,  visit ecodairy.ca.