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Robotics and Computer Programming

posted Sep 7, 2013, 7:27 AM by Andrew Hyman   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 8:59 PM by LA MagnetSchools ]
Robotics and Computer Programming Class for Portola HGM offered by Great Minds Robotics

Classes will meet on Tuesdays after school from 2pm – 3:30pm, starting on September 3, 2013. 

Robotics program will be offered offsite at Great Minds Robotics located 2 blocks from Portola at the corner of Ventura and Burbank (across the street from CPK in the Wells Fargo building) at 18801 Ventura Blvd., Suite 110.

This class (Tuesdays at 2pm) will be reserved exclusively for students from Portola HGM.

Great Minds Robotics offers year-round robotics and programming classes.  We teach students  concepts of programming using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots and specialized programming languages (NXT-G, EV3 , RobotC) .  As students’ understanding of programming grows, we introduce them to game development using object-oriented languages (C#, Java, C++). 

Space is limited.  Up to 12 students in the class.

For more information, visit  or contact Stan & Anna Khaykin at 818-292-8008 or to schedule a tour.

Fall Semester schedule:

September 2013: 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24         ($150)
October 2013: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29     ($150)
November 2013: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19             ($112.50)
December 2013: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17             ($112.50)

Possible Robotics Competition Team 

The MPA is exploring the possibility of starting a Portola HGM team to compete in a robotics competition (First Lego League).  Mr. Okimura has expressed his interest in serving as the coach for the team.  However, because of the amount of time required and given that this is the first year, the parents of the team members would have to be willing to volunteer significant amount of time to support the team.

Here is FLL website for more information:

For this first year, there would only be 1 team of 6 - 8 kids.  The team would ONLY be formed if there are 6 - 8 students whose parents are willing to put in the time to make this happen (by registering, coordinating the meetings, driving the kids around on the weekends, hosting weekend meetings, teaching the kids presentation skills, research assistance, etc.)  The parents/children do not necessarily have to have technical expertise (although at least one parent with technical expertise would be great), but we need at least one parent who is willing to coordinate and organize for the team.

Timing Requirement

Work would start ASAP and all competitions are over by late November (or mid December if they make it to the regional competition).

Dates for the meeting are flexible depending on the team members, but tentatively the plan is one class (1.5 to 2 hours) after school a week (most likely on Thursdays or Fridays) plus some weekend meeting at homes.

If your child is interested AND you are able to volunteer your time and expertise, please e-mail Mina Yang at ASAP.