About Adelaide Robotics Academy

Adelaide Robotics Academy is a STEM education centre for upper primary and high school students. We run daily courses and clubs at Thebarton Community Centre, as well as workshops, professional development (PD), incursions, and science displays for schools, libraries, and special events in Adelaide.


At Adelaide Robotics Academy, students learn Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, Logic, Mathematics, and Physics following various Curriculums tailored to their experience level.

In the first year at the Academy, the Beginners follow a Curriculum designed by Carnegie Mellon University. The syllabus includes challenges, activities, videos, resources, documentation, materials, competitions, and tools for Robotics. The course provides a structured sequence of building and programming activities in real-world project-based contexts. There are 100+ projects designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of Robotics and problem-solving more generally. The course is based on the principles of Computational Thinking. On completion, students may take an optional 70 questions exam, and if successful, they are awarded a Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. We are accredited to organise certification exams on behalf of Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy for Labview (EV-G) and EV3 Classroom.

From the second year at the Academy, the Advanced students study multiple fields of Computer Science, starting with high-level, general-purpose programming in Python, JavaScript, Node-RED, and OpenCV. They program robots and drones to solve complex challenges through various scenarios that require innovation, adaptability and teamwork (for example, working as part of a multidisciplinary team in a simulated Crisis Management Centre and tackling situations such as floods and bushfires). They also learn Project Management by simulating complex missions like Mars exploration or supply delivery in remote areas. Another application is the war room strategy game, which requires planning and launching complex campaigns.

In the third year, they learn Computer Vision with OpenCV and build practical applications (document scanner, OCR, Instagram and Snapchat filters, barcode/QR code scanner, intrusion detection, digital signatures, ArUco markers, etc.).

In the fourth year, they study Machine Learning and work on builds such as face recognition, intelligent body monitoring, dashcam, drowsy driver and lane detection for vehicles, attendance management system, people counting, surveillance and security systems, etc.

During the fifth year, the students take the next step to Deep Learning with PyTorch and NumPy. They study neural networks and build projects such as X-rays analyser, obstacle avoidance for cars, gym trainers, etc.

Each year our students attend several excursions to various Adelaide businesses involved in high tech, automation, artificial intelligence, engineering, Education, and Defence.

We also operate the only club in Adelaide that competes against mainstream schools in RoboCup Junior Championship. And we won! Five trophies in 2019, three in 2020, and three in 2021.

NDIS

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to use NDIS funding to pay for our courses if your child care plan goals are improving executive function, developing fine motor skills, and developing social skills through group work. After paying the invoice, you can ask NDIS to reimburse your costs. As it is a group activity, you may use the Capacity budget, but NDIS has also allowed the Core budget to be used when the capacity budget has been exhausted. Please note that our courses are NDIS approved, and you can generally claim on a case-by-case basis. However, we are not an NDIS Registered provider as an organisation, so approval is not automatic.

It’s fun, engaging, and hands-on, and it prepares young people for their future careers!

Find Us …
Robotics

Autonomous Cars, Sumo Bots, Robo Soccer, RoboCup, Drones, Space Challenge

Coding

Computational Thinking, App Development, Game Development, Python, Javascript, Swift

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