Q. How many participants can you take in a session?
A. Best school group size is 18-24, but can do up to 30.
Q.What is the best amount of time with one group?
A. I have successfully run workshops in sessions ranging from 60 minutes to a whole day. A few schools have hired me for a whole week, teaching a different class each day. Ideally, to get the most out of workshops, sessions should be a minimum of 80-100 minutes. Often I conduct 3 sessions in a day, to align with recess, lunch and end of school bell times. The most I have done is 5 different groups over 5 sessions in a day, but I believe longer sessions allow for more learning! You can tell me how many sessions you want and I will come up with a program that suits.
When it comes to birthday Parties and professional development the ideal time is between 2 and 4 hours.
Q. What age students to you teach?
A. I have run sessions from Kinder up to Year 10. All students seem to respond well to Robot Man, no matter what their age! I have developed a number of activities that can be adapted to suit any age. The majority of schools that hire me tend to be from Grade 3 to Year 8. I have actually been a classroom teacher from Grade 1 up to Year 12, so I really can pitch to any age.
Q. What time will you start?
A. Any time you want. Often I arrive at schools about half an hour before starting with the students. So I usually get asked to arrive between 8.30 and 9.00a.m. Whatever time you want me there, I am flexible.
Q. What does the school need to provide?
A. Just an indoor space. I have run workshops in classrooms, multipurpose rooms, gymnasiums and libraries. My activities tend to run better by utilising floor space rather than desks. A normal classroom is ok. If you have an available TV or projector then that’s great, but I can set up my own if needed. I also have a good selection of cables and adapters. I do not need computers or internet access. Any coding the students do will be on iPads that I provide. All robots are battery operated and fully charged.
Q. How do I book?
A. Visit my website www.robotman.com.au and click on the “workshops” link
or phone 0457 933 097.
Q. How and when do I pay?
A. I will invoice the school or organisation the day that I visit. A deposit is not needed, beforehand. If it is a party, I'd like payment at the end of the party; either cash or bank deposit.
Q. Do you do Teaching Staff Professional Development?
A. Yes. There are two types of PD available.
1. If a teacher attends a workshop with the students I offer a PD certificate for that teacher at no extra cost.
2. I have often been invited to attend a staff meeting to run a PD. I have a motivating visual presentation, followed by some hands-on robotics. Suits the novice and expert, alike. You can decide if you want demonstration or participation... or both!
Q. Where are you based?
A. I live near Hobart but I travel all over Tassie and visit Victoria a couple of times a year.
Q. How much do you charge?
A. It depends on the type of workshop you want. Prices are at the top of each booking form: School Workshops, Teacher PD's, Other Work Place PD's, Parties.
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