Online Robotics Classes for Kids & Teens in 2022

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From reading complicated instructions, to building, to troubleshooting, robotics puts a range of critical thinking skills to work. Robotics even introduces advanced topics like engineering and programming, and as a bonus, it happens in the most fun way possible. 

Studies show that kids - especially young kids - learn best when motivated to work towards a meaningful goal. (Goal-setting for kids is as important as it can be challenging.) If children have a concrete means of tracking their progress like, say, building an awesome, moving machine, that process gets a whole lot easier. 

Online Robotics Classes for Kids & Teens

So, robotics is one of our personal favorite ways to have hands-on fun with technology. Not only does robotics help students in many ways, it is a perfect jumping off point for a STEM hobby—young tech enthusiasts have countless options for exploring robotics, and there’s something for every age and experience level. 

Besides, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing something you built come to life, right? Robots do that and more. 

But what if you understand all of these wonderful robotics benefits, but need to be able to access them online rather than in-person. Well, that works too!

So, here are four online robotics classes—lessons delivered by live instructors in a one-on-one setting, and with amazing learning-based products. 

1. Robotics Algorithms and AI with Sphero RVR

sphero bolt being controlled in front of laptop

Ages: 10-19
Tools: Sphero RVR, JavaScript
Concepts: Robotics & Coding
Learn more: Sphero RVRBenefits of robotics for kids

Yes, robotics and coding are good friends, and thanks to drag-and-drop coding," kids can learn to program using an engaging graphical interface (that is similar to Scratch). 

With Sphero RVR, robots can be trained perform certain tasks, like navigating a maze, while students get introduced to AI and computational thinking. Not to mention that in the Sphero EDU app, there are two different types of programming languages: block-based coding and text-based coding

Text coding allows for more freedom for kids as the programmer, and is the type of language professional programmers work with .There are many different text programming languages, but JavaScript is one of the most popular—it powers 95% of websites and can be used for phones and robots. 

With this course kids can learn to program those aforementioned tasks, create basic AI behaviors, and more.

2. Space & Rocket Science Simulator

space and rocket simulator screen shot

Ages: 7-19
Tools: Kerbal Space Simulator
Concepts: Robotics & Math
Learn more: Kerbal Space

The Kerbal Space Simulator allows students to simulate building their very own rocket, completing their flight module training, blasting off into space, and bringing their rocket back to Earth. 

With this course, students can learn in a virtual, yet hands-on way what it takes to make it to outer space. By combining physics, robotics, and other problem-solving skills, kids can step into astronaut’s shoes and take technology to new heights. 

Manage complex physics and logistics in a fun game, navigate virtual rockets through space, and more!

3. Coding with JavaScript and micro:bit

hands handling microbit in front of laptop

Ages: 10-19
Tools: micro:bit & JavaScript
Concepts: Robotics & Coding
Learn more: JavaScript for Kids

With a micro:bit, kids can literally hold the power of code in their hands. Using a credit card-sized board, kids can build games and other programmable creations. It’s the perfect way to make sometimes abstract coding concepts tangible and rewarding to learn. 

With micro:bit, kids can learn to make lights shine with an LED matrix and power components, and can even harness gravity with something like an accelerometer in their games and programs. As kids program with visual blocks, they can also convert code to typed out JavaScript and see just how much that can be accomplished with code, games, and hardware together.

Not to mention that with the micro:bit with Expansion Kit, all of this can be combined for use with Sphero BOLT and RVR mentioned above and below. For more experienced, techies, that’s a powerful, engaging combination! 

In this course, kids can learn to code games, discover how programs work, develop logical thinking skills, and more!

4. Hands-On Robotics and Coding with Sphero BOLT

girl controlling sphero rvr

Ages: 7-19
Tools: Sphero BOLT
Concepts: Robotics & Coding
Learn more: Sphero BOLT

What if I told you a remote-controlled robotic ball is an incredible gadget many kids can easily lose themselves in? To sweeten the deal, they’ll even learn programming concepts along the way (though they may be having too much fun to notice!).

It’s the Sphero BOLT, and it’s just that—a robotic, programmable ball equipped with sensors, an LED matrix, and an app that lets kids get hands-on with coding and tech. This lively bot rocks and rolls its way through mazes and around obstacles. Its built-in LED matrix, speed, and directional sensors allow kids to problem-solve while getting introduced to real-world robotics and visual coding.

In this course, kids can learn to code basic games and behaviors, navigate obstacles and surroundings programmatically, and more. 

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Ryan has been in EdTech and with iD Tech for 13 years—building experience, expertise, and knowledge in all things coding, game development, college prep, STEM, and more. He earned his MBA from Santa Clara University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State. Connect on LinkedIn

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