Robotics & Programming Courses For HomeSchools, homeschool co-ops, Individuals, Private Schools & Other Groups

It’s time to sign up for Home Hacker’s Robotics and Programming classes for 2020! The last four years have been very successful and we are excited to be expanding our school offerings in 2020. We offer Level 1 (Beg), Level 2 (Inter) & Level 3 (Adv) classes in-person, online, and online instructor led.

Our mission is to expose, educate and start a strong foundation in critical STEM skills for youth in a fun and engaging way.

All of our classes are engaging & interactive. We teach about both hardware & software and how they work together. Our classes are fun, hands on, project based that involves extensive interaction between hardware and software. You. are not sitting in front of a computer all of the time.

Each studied receives and keeps their own personalized robot that they program which is included in the Level 1 fee. The robot is reused in the Level 2 course (making the Level 2 class less expensive).

2020 Robotics & Programming Course Schedule

Level 1 – Robotics & Programming Course

In the Level 1 Robotics & Programming course, students build robots and use the computer programming language Scratch to “train” the robot to perform specific tasks (like chase your cat or dog) and complete challenges. Students learn about programming logic, loops, conditional statements and more. In addition to using the graphical programming interface students are given exposure to text based programming. Students learn to upload the programs they write to their computerized robots. They learn about the parts that make up the robot which includes the components on the main controller board and sensors. Students learn how to troubleshoot issues and work through solutions using trial and error techniques. The classes are fun, hands on and involve lots of getting up and down out of your seat to test your robot.

  • Course Fee Includes a Robot That the Student Keeps!
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Students may use a Mac, Windows or Chromebook for the course

The Level 1 Extra Credit (mini) Course is crazy fun. In this optional mini course students build a sound reactive “Disco Dot”, an Arduino based sensor project. When complete the “Disco Dot” lights up whenever it hears music, talking or any sound. Students can hang the finished product on their back packs, night stand, or Christmas tree! This project is detailed and students will be soldering wires and components to a circuit board, editing text based programming code and updating code to the controller boards.

  • Includes all supplies needed to build the “Disco Dot”
  • Prerequisites: Level 1 Robotics & Programming Course
  • Students may use a Mac or Windows Computer for the course
CourseFormatDates/
Time
Grade/AgeCostReg
Level 1
Robotics & Programming
Online
Instructor Led
Tuesdays
Feb 18 – Apr 28
11:30 – 1:00
Grades
6th & Up*
$265Enroll
Level 1
Robotics & Programming
Online
Self Paced
Any time
On-Demand
Any**
$235Enroll
Level 1
Extra Credit Mini Course
Online
Instructor Led
Tuesdays
Feb 25 – Mar 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grades 6th & Up***$179Enroll
*This course is geared toward students in middle through high school **This course may be taken by any student 3rd grade and highe. Younger students may need parental supervision/involvment and may not want to do every lesson.

Level 2 Robotics & Programming Courses

Level 2 Home Hackers take their programming skills to the next level. We program the robots to use advanced sensor technology to avoid obstacles and follow specific programming rules. In this course we teach a fun introduction to Java programming lesson using a video game.

  • Course Reuses Robot from Level
  • Prerequisites: Level 1 Robotics & Programming Course
  • Students may use a Mac or Windows Computer for the course (Chromebooks will not work for the Java Programming portion of the Level 2 course)
CourseFormatDates/
Time
Grade/AgeCostReg
Level 2
Robotics & Programming
Online
Instructor-Led
Tuesdays
Feb 18 – Apr 28
1:30 – 3:00
Grades
6th & Up*
$175Enroll
Level 2
Robotics & Programming
Online
Self-Paced
Any time
On-Demand beginning Sept 15
(one year access)
Any**
Enroll
Level 2
Extra Credit Mini Course
Online
Instructor-Led
Tuesdays
Feb 25 – Mar 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grades 6th & Up***Enroll

Level 3 – Gaming Console Build

Level 3 Home Hacker students build their own gaming console! This wild and crazy course involves text based program editing, assembling & soldering components and putting it all together in a case. This course is geared toward students in 8th – 12th grades that have completed the Level 1 & Level 2 courses, including the mini courses. Students keep the gaming system that they build from scratch.

CourseFormatDates/
Time
Grade/AgeCostReg
Level 3
Online
Instructor-Led
Tuesdays
Sep xx – Oct xx
1:30 – 3:00
Grades
8th & Up*
Enroll
Level 2
Online
Instructor-Led
Tuesdays
Sep xx – Oct xx
1:30 – 3:00
Grades
8th & Up*
Enroll

Other Options

If you are unable to attend any of our course offering you may want to consider our summer camps or host your own robotics and programming course using our course materials.

Special Speaker Announcements & Questions

in 2020 we are expanding our speaker presentation series. We periodically have professionals, college students, grad students, etc speak to our students about STEM in college or the workforce. We have had NASA engineers, Aerospace grad students, robot engineers in China and Hollywood Special Effects creators speak to our students. We do this online.

If you would like to receive periodic updates on class offerings, as well as, invitations to our special speaker presentations, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. If you. have any questions or comments you can reach us at: