Robo Task Force for grades 3-7

Spring Semester 2017
January 24 – April 25

Put your imagination into motion!

Join the club and explore construction, materials development, electronics principles, and robotics systems and design. Build your experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as you use Arduino™ C-based software and other programs to build frames and bodies, create robot armature, and engineer the wiring of robot systems!

Explora members $195 per child per semester
Non-members $230 per child per semester

No session Feb. 21 and Mar. 21.

Three ways to register

  1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online

2. Mail: Download, print, and mail registration form:

3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.

STEM learning made fun with robots:

  • How do robots use the Science of energy and motion? Adapt your robot to compete in student piloted challenges such as obstacle courses and autonomous (not remote controlled) robot challenges.
  • Get comfortable with Technology using sensors and microcontrollers that respond to touch, light, sound, etc. Have them perform simple task or control complex electronics.
  • Investigate Engineering a ping-pong ball launcher and shaping other mechanical systems from recycled materials.
  • Use human intelligence to program robots while applying Mathematics to design a blueprint for your team’s robt to pick up “space junk”.

Class Schedule:

Weeks 1-2: Programming Robots Plus AI

Tuesdays, January 24&31

Use computer code to make robots and robotic components perform complex tasks. Experiment with programming using a Pico® Cricket® microcontroller to make a sensor that responds to touch, light, or pressure.  Use a simple math formula to have your microcontroller use AI (artificial intelligence) to guess your number.

Weeks 3-4: Engineering Mechanical Systems

Tuesdays, February 7 & 14 (No class Feb. 21)

Use recycled materials and motors to build a ping pong ball launcher. Next, construct a simple hovercraft or other propeller driven system. Take home your project home.

Weeks 5-6: Build a Household Device Using Arduino™ Microcontrollers

Tuesdays, February 28 & March 7

Look “under the hood” and find out what makes electronic objects tick when you explore Arduino™ Microcontrollers – the world’s most popular microcontroller.  Use a Sparkfun™ kit to build an automatic pet feeder or other useful household device.

Weeks 7-8: Build a Robot Body and Program Robots

Tuesdays, March 14 & 28 (No class March 21)

Build a redbot chassis for your robot body, then program an Arduino™ MicrocontrollersArduino to drive it.  Become acquainted with the EV3® LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots by programming them to perform tasks.  LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

Week 9: Engage in Robot Missions

Tuesday, April 4

Work with LEGOLego® MINDSTORMSMindstorm® Lego® Mindstorm™ RCX robots and use all the skills you have developed to plan a strategy to complete your team’s mission to Mars. Use all the skills you have developed. LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

Weeks 10-12: EV3 Task Force

Tuesdays, April 11, 18, & 25

You and your team’s robot will, compete with other teams’ robots to follow a maze, play space music on a keyboard, and pick up “space junk.”

Class topics change each semester.

Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

robo task force

It’s time for Explora’s 2017 Spring semester programs

Explora educators develop activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.


  • You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.
  • Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child’s medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.


505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9 am – 5 pm.


Explora Reservations
1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Cancelation policy

  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the first class will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

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Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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