Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I enrol my child for an Academy Program?
If your child’s future includes programming, robotics, technology and engineering, being in the Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy can provide a solid foundation in object – orientated programming, mechanical engineering, teamwork and well developed critical thinking skills. Plus, your child will have the added advantage of a robotics background which will stand him/her in good stead for the working world in the future.
Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy endeavours to motivate students into participating in robotics competitions, taking on a certification pathway and providing them with a solid foundation in the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
What are the benefits of Robotics and Technology programs?
We teach students critical thinking. Our coaching fosters:
- Clear thinking.
- The confidence to make decisions.
- The ability to work with others as a team.
- The confidence to keep going despite setbacks.
- The ability for a student to see beyond themselves.
We coach students how to find the best answer as fast as they can and build their resilience at tackling solution based learning.
Are Robotics only for boys?
Certainly not. We encourage anyone (boys or girls) with an interest in computers, robots and cool technology to enrol. There is a growing number of girls in our academy programs and holiday camps. Both boys and girls can do this!
Do we need to purchase any equipment?
No. All sets are provided for the students by Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy and they are used as tools in our STEM programs. However, students are expected to exercise care and responsibility when handling all equipment and return them at the end of each session.
Does your academy only focus on building with Lego and other elements?
No, the academy does not focus on building robots alone or playing with Lego bricks. We do build, however, programming, testing, theory and understanding are some of the essential components of a complete STEM education.
The robots are cool! Do we get to keep them?
Unfortunately, students cannot take the robots out of the learning centre as they are the property of Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy and will have to be returned at the end of each session or holiday program. If you wish to purchase something, please get in touch with us.
At what age can my child join your program?
There is a Junior Engineering Academy for students Prep to Grade 2. For the older students from Grades 3 to 6 (Mindstorms Robotics Academy, Robotic Systems Robotics Academy), Grades 4 to 7 (Robot IQ Robotics Academy) and Grades 7 onwards (Advanced Systems Robotics academy). Anyone from Prep to Grade 12 who loves robotics, technology and has a love for learning new things is welcome to join the academy programs. We also have coding programs for kids and teens who love to code. Occasional workshops are available for students who would like a shorter course.
Does my child need to know something about Robotics beforehand?
No, your child will receive the appropriate coaching during the sessions and will catch up once he or she attends the academy program regularly. What we do want, however, is students who are interested in robotics and display a positive attitude towards life long learning and technology. Good core values and a respect for others is essential to be part of Innovate Academy.
How does a class work with a robot?
Our academy has ample robots for the students to carry our their missions. However, Innovate Academy places a huge emphasis on team work and the sharing of ideas. The students at our academy work in teams of 2 to 4 (or more if they are preparing for a competition).
How long is each session?
Each session is 90 minutes long. Remember that robots need a break too.
Do you have any trial sessions available?
With a need for instructors to remain focused on students in the class, we do not have this option available. If you would like to see if your child is interested in tecchnology and robotics, please try our holiday programs or short programs before deciding to join the academy. Academy programs are more suitable for students on a long term learning journey.
What if we miss a class?
We encourage students to be committed to the academy and not to miss a class unnecessarily as we are unable to offer a replacement class given the nature of team work at the academy. We will not be able to arrange another team for them to work with at short notice and we seek your kind understanding on this issue in order to preserve the quality of our programs and to minimize any disruptions.
You may however request for a transfer to another session (subject to availability), however, this will incur an administration charge of $50 and ample notice of at least 2 weeks must be given to the instructor.
However, our instructors will provide a student with extra support if he/she misses certain classes due to illness upon receipt of a medical certificate.
How do I make payment for my first term and subsequent terms?
All payment has to be made in full before the first lesson of each term. All payment has to be made online. Subsequent renewals can also be done online at the relevant academy web page. Places at each program are on a first come, first served basis.
Are there any registration fees?
No, there are no registration fees. Each after school program runs for 9 weeks and the fees are standard per child, per term.