What is the course format for the after-school classes?
Bytes & Bots classes use a loosely structured project-based curriculum. Students work on their own projects in a mentored open technology labs. Enrollment is open year-round. Students discover the applications of STEM subjects as they perform their projects. Mentors assist them with the processes of design, build, program, test, technical report, and project demo.
What is the course duration?
Typically, you enroll in a 3-month/12 week course. i.e: Buildologie I. Most students start with the beginner level course Buildologie I, and then move on to our other courses depending upon their interest in building and programming. Please choose a day/time of the week (for example: Wednesdays from 3.00pm to 4.40pm) and attend classes for 3 months. One class per week. Each class period is 100 minutes long. 2 makeups per course. The day/time you choose stays the same for the 12 week period. Switching days/class time is not encouraged as it affects the learning process. The 3-month/12-week course must be completed within a period of 14 weeks from the first day of the class.
How Will My Child Benefit From the Bytes & Bots classes?
Portfolio Development for College Admission Planning:
Bytes and Bots Labs offer one of the world's most unique extracurricular after-school programs that will enhance your children's ability to build an ePortfolio showing his/her early involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Emotional Development and Maturity:
Build self-confidence, problem-solving, and critical-thinking.
Become self-motivated, and self-directed.
Acquire the ability to manage stress, and time (Productive and enjoyable use of your children's time reducing their boredom and passive TV time.)
Help the intelligent under-achiever achieve...
Help build emotional intelligence
Applying academic fundamentals to design solutions for robotics, smart devices, and other real world applications:
Learn by doing - "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand"
See your ideas spring into actions as your robots perform...
Bytes and Bots curriculum helps answer the question "WHY?"
Why do I have to learn this stuff? - Young adults
Curious minds want to know "why" - Young children
Bytes and Bots engages, and challenges the students to discover the reason and answer the question "why?"
Learning can be fun:
Inculcate the child-like curiosity, inspire creativity, stimulate imagination, and create a life-long learner.
Become a proactive learner taking ownership of the learning process.
Can parents observe the class?
As you know parental observation can hinder/distract the learning activities. To be fair to all the parents, Bytes and Bots does not allow parental observation without prior arrangements. An individual review session may be arranged with advance written request (Please eMail admin@BytesandBots.com). We offer optional "debriefing" of the class at the end of each class. Please note that parents and their guests are welcome to attend the Show & Tell presentations. Please ask one of our lab mentors to review each session before your sign out your child.
Does Bytes and Bots provide day-care?
No, Bytes and Bots is not a day-care provider. We offer year round after-school STEM programs and Summer Camps for K - 12 students.
Do you offer trial classes?
yes, Trial classes are highly recommended for 5 and 6 yrs old kids. It is a great way to assess a kid's interest, fine motor skills,aptitude, etc. Trial classes are available Monday - Saturday during regular class hours. There is a $40 fee for the session. The fee will be credited back to your course/camp fee if enrolled. The child must be at least 5yrs old to attend a trial session.
What are your regular class hours? How long is each class?
Traditional School Year Schedule:
Weekdays (Mon - Fri):
- Period I: 10 AM to 11.40 AM (K - 12th grade - Reserved for Home School and Independent Study Students)
- Period II: 3.00 PM to 4.40 PM (K - 7th grade)
- Period III: 4.40 PM to 6.20 PM (K - 7th grade)
- Period IV: 6.20 PM to 8.00 PM (8th - 12th grade)
- Period I: 9:00 AM to 10:40 AM
- Period II: 11:00 AM to 12:40 PM
- Period III: 1:00 PM to 2:40 PM
Students in any of the classes have up to 14-weeks to finish their 12 sessions.
Only 2 pre-approved make up classes.
Parents must schedule a make-up class at least 5 days in advance (unless their absence was due to an emergency).
Students must complete at least 2 Show &Tells by the end of the session.
There are two Student Project and Performance Review (SPPR) for each course. One mid-term and one at the end of the course. The SPPR helps parents meet with the program director and share performance reviews and suggestions for further improvement.
Can I sign up for more than one session?
Yes, It is project based. Kids do different projects each session/week. Projects are customizable based on age/experience/grade levels.
What is the format of the camp?
Kids work in teams. Each team typically has three campers. There are supervised snack-n-stretch breaks, usually outside. There is a Friday afternoon show-and-tell event hosted for parents and guests. Teamwork and soft-skills are encouraged as they work on their camp projects.
What is the student to mentor ratio?
3 teams per mentor.
If my kid signs up for more than one week/session will they be doing the same thing in their second week.
No, there are different projects each week. Each project has different game and design objectives.
If my kid is not enrolled until a later session will they be behind?
No. The different weekly summer camp projects are designed to accommodate both experienced and beginner level students. They work in teams. Teams are made of kids with similar skill levels and ages.
When is the last day to register?
Sessions fill up quickly. Don't delay. Register now to reserve your space.
Do the kids get to take anything home with them that they've designed/built?
Unfortunately, No. Due to cost! Each Robot Kit (hardware/software) and the components may cost around $800. The Friday afternoon Show & Tell and the Team Competitions provide an opportunity for parents and families to see the projects. They are allowed to take pictures with prior approval.
We do not have any prior experience - nor have we played with one - is that a concern?
No prior experience necessary. Campers use Bytes and Bots component library for their projects. The labs provide all necessary hardware and software.
We've been to a Lego - Engineering camp before offered by a different organization and were disappointed in what the kids actually learned. Do you have a list of learning objectives I can preview?
Bytes and Bots summer camp is based on our regular after-school integrated STEM curriculum. Our camp gives a quick sampling experience of our project-based STEM curriculum framework, methods and materials. Parents and researchers can learn more by attending one of our monthly open houses or by meeting with our program director. Please request an appointment here.
Do you offer all-day camp?
Yes. the all-day camp is from 9am to 4pm
What is the all-day camp schedule
9am to 12pm Project (Snack & Stretch break in the middle); 12pm to 1pm Lunch; 1pm to 4pm: Project continued (Snack & Stretch break in the middle).
Do you offer extended hours?
Yes, we do. You can drop off your child at 8am and pick him/her up at 6pm. The fee is $ 10 per hour.
Do you have half-day camp?
Please check the Camp Page for availability.
Do you have sibling discount?
Not available for camps.
If I sign up for the entire summer, do I get any additional discount?
Yes, there is a 5% discount. Available only at Bytes & Bots Irvine and Los Alamitos Lab camps.
Do you have a referral program?
Yes, there is a $20 credit that can be applied towards a future camp/after-school course enrollment at the Bytes & Bots Labs in Irvine.
Do you provide lunch and snack?
No. Parents send lunch, snacks, and drinks as necessary.
Is there a late fee if I pick up my child late?
Yes, it is $1 per minute.
Are 14 yr olds in the same "classroom" as 6 yr olds?
The camp is run in a lab environment. Our STEM mentors help the campers with their projects and missions in the lab.
Do campers build robots in the camps?
Yes, they work in teams, design, build, program a robot and compete each week. Each week's camp uses a different project/theme. We use LEGO®MINDSTORM® EV3® platform for K - 8.