Robotics and Technology

Welcome to our Robotics and Technology Program, where students ignite their creativity and work together to solve real-world problems. Our program empowers youth to understand the technology that shapes our world and inspires them to become innovators, not just consumers. Combining guided instruction with hands-on activities, students bring their ideas to life, tackling challenges with coding, engineering, and design using LEGO bricks.



Classes

Participants
The 2024 edition is reserved for 8 nominated students (9-15 years old), but we plan to open the program to all students next year. Interested in the next season? Fill out this form

Schedule
Classes are held at Bel Air every Friday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, an additional 30 minutes is optional for students to continue working.

Free building sessions will be available based on student availability, allowing families access to the facility on designated days and hours for students to collaborate and progress on their projects.

This program is available starting July 12th. Classes until mid-August are discovery sessions for students to get familiar with the Lego kit equipment. Competition classes will start toward the end of August.


Curriculum

The 2024 edition program will be run around the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. Each year, FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams are introduced to a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on.

Our FIRST Team name: Bel Air Robotics (Team number: 65196)

This year’s challenge is SUBMERGED: https://www.first-lego-league.org/en/2024-25-season/the-submerged-season

FIRST LEGO League Challenge Season (August – February)

  • Tuesday, August 6th – Season launch
  • Wednesday, October 30th – Illinois Qualifier assignments posted
  • December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 – Illinois Qualifying tournaments
  • January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 – Illinois Sectional tournaments
  • February 15th (tentative)- Illinois State Championship

STAFF


Miles Aurbeck

Lead Teacher

Miles is a techno-preneur who is always excited to play with new gadgets – learning about new technologies and figuring out how to program them. He has given private Python programming lessons, written and audited courses on Xbox and robotics programming, and developed educational math games for 4th graders in the classroom. He has taught the courses he wrote and many others at iDTech Summer Camps as well as directed camp activities and the instructors. If he’s not inside playing board games or doing something techy, he’s outside growing food forests or running his small business manufacturing board game tokens.


Antoine Courbot

Assistant Teacher

Holding a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science, Antoine specializes in Artificial intelligence. In his free time, he is developing with Alexandre Truong the next version of SmoothClass, a software that helps teachers run their classes smoothly using digital visual aids.





Andy Hoang

Advisor

Physics teacher and a lifelong Lego fan, Andy is passionate about engineering, programming, and robotics and has been teaching robotics lessons in schools using Lego since 2015. He is the founder of Beyond Blocks in the UK.


Alexandre Truong

Founder

Alexandre has worked in both start-up and corporate environments for 14 years as a software engineer, team lead, manager of an Innovation department, and product manager. He is passionate about creating powerful yet easy-to-use software that positively impacts the environment and society. He is dedicated to helping youth experience “Aha!” moments and develop their creativity and collaboration skills by exposing them to fun and complex challenges.



WHY OUR STEM PROGRAM



Working in silos

Extended Collaboration

We provide opportunities throughout the class for our students to present their ideas, receive feedback, and enhance their creations with each other. Our small group sizes and extended 2-hour (1.5 hr + 30 mins open building) sessions create an environment that fosters a deeper understanding of each lesson and encourages creativity through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration.


No progress indicator and closed-door classes

Goal-Oriented Learning

Our first edition program is designed around the FIRST LEGO League competition, providing our students with clear objectives that motivate them to strive for excellence as they compete against participants from all over the world. By working towards a common goal, students learn the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and strategic thinking. Parents are very welcome to stay and watch the class.


Different and inexperienced teachers

Expert and Passionate Staff

Our team is our greatest asset. Each of our teachers is highly qualified and passionate about mentoring young minds and creating an inspiring learning environment. Their enthusiasm and expertise create an inspiring learning environment where students are encouraged to explore, experiment, and excel.



Pricing

Monthly membership: $150/month (August-Feb). Includes:

  • One class/week
  • Free building time*

*Free building time: Families have access to the facility during specific days and hours (TBD), allowing students to work together on their projects.

 



Resources

Equipment

We have a LEGO Spike Prime set, expansion, and tablet for each pair of students.

 

Last year’s 2023 challenge

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