Look for answers to some frequently asked questions here. Or, simply drop us an email at pacificrimrobotics@gmail.com

Is there a minimum age to join ?

Our youngest coders and roboticists are 6 years old ! Contrary to popular belief kids take to STEM, robotics and coding very naturally. Any kid who loves to play with LEGO blocks, and can logically sequence a bunch of instructions for their robot, , is ready and welcome !

My kid loves liberal arts. How is STEM relevant ?

Educators widely believe that kids achieve greatest success when they can combine analytical thinking and problem solving with liberal arts skills. STEM encourages scientific and analytical thinking, the spirit of enquiry, experimentation, the importance of evidence, data and so on. We routinely observe that through STEM, kids improve their public speaking skills – by better organizing and explain their ideas, they do better at collaboration and teaming, and achieve more breadth and enquiry.

As a parent I hear STEM, Robotics, Coding … How is all this related ?

This is a common confusion for parents. STEM is the broad grouping of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is not just coding, not just robotics, not just AI. For example, you may develop a gizmo that simulates the effects of global warming, or coral bleaching in the sea, or how genetic traits pass through generations. While you use code to develop and model these things, but this requires understanding of these concepts beyond just the code. Similarly, some “smart things” are physical – like robots, drones, or smart electronic devices. But many others are invisible – like your voice-based assistant, or an app that recognizes your pet or your friends’ faces! STEM education encompasses all this diversity.

What if my child already has exposure to robotics and programming ?

Advanced kids can start at higher levels. We have kids who are just getting started on this exciting journey, and also kids who are familiar with scratch, EV3, the Raspberry Pi platform, python, and so on. When kids join we do an assessment and place them in the level that they are most comfortable with.

What is the class schedule ?

Once you sign up, we work out an ideal schedule for you based on slot availability, school timings, weekend commitments etc. We recommend each session to be 1.5 to 2 hours – depending upon whether they’re doing physical robotics or coding – so that kids get quality time to build something interesting. They can come after school, over the weekend, or stay for longer hours during holidays. As long as we know their schedule in advance, we can fit them in based on the teachers’ timetable.

What are field activities ?

Occasionally we may organize a field trip with parents’ permission – such as a sci-fi/robotics movie, or a trip to a relevant event. We may also do certain kinds of experiments outdoors, for example those with drones, advanced sensors, etc. Children can opt to attend based on their convenience. In our experience, students love these field activities though they are purely optional.

Isn’t AI too advanced for kids ?

On the contrary, understanding AI comes very naturally to kids. While the inner workings of AI – machine learning, deep learning, generative AI – involve advanced math, in most cases we’re not writing our own AI from scratch. Training an AI to do cool stuff is not very different from training your pet ! Just like different pets respond to different types of training strategies, same is the case for different kinds of AI. Conversational AI requires training on phrases and sentences. Visual AI requires training on images. “Creative” AI requires training on art and music ! As our students get more and more exposure to STEM, they can move quite naturally to learning AI and having loads of fun with it ! Of course, we expect some of them to go beyond using and training AI to creating their own advanced AI – which is the adventure we want them to embark on at a young age !