About Us

The story of Robot Explorers is a journey that has progressed from “helping a friend”, to something which became a hobby and is now a wonderful and fulfilling career.

Jaco became interested in LEGO Education and the unique opportunity it presented to introduce STEM Principles to learners in a fun and interactive way.  He started teaching a few lessons at a toy store over weekends, using LEGO Education’s standard curriculum.

These weekends became holidays.

Soon we were approached by Dr Elsie Calitz from Regio Private School and we embarked on a journey to teach mechanics and coding to the learners at her school; a road we are still walking with Regio Private School.

Over the past 7 years we have continuously maintained our curriculum using LEGO Education’s resources as the baseline.  We have combined this basis with Jaco’s background in engineering to update and refine our curriculum and classes – to ensure that our learners remain engaged and our classes remain relevant.

Our classes have been designed to be age specific to allow learners to progress and advance at their own pace.

The class durations are usually 45 minutes during weekdays or double lessons of 90 minutes every second Saturday.

All the equipment required for the classes is provided by us, to ensure that none of our learners are disadvantaged and that everyone receives the same exposure to mechanics, robotics and coding during our classes.

Some important milestones on our journey:

  • In 2015 Jaco started presenting Robotics classes to Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners at Hoërskool Waterkloof. This opportunity has allowed us, over the past five years, to further enhance the curriculum to include Java and Micro Python as coding languages. Jaco has also authored the textbooks for these two grades – exclusively for Hoërskool Waterkloof students.
  • In 2018 the Duo Edu Senior Independent School enrolled their students with Robot Explorers.
  • We collaborated with Laerskool Elarduspark to establish their in-house Robotics Program with a new curriculum which was launched in 2019.
  • In 2020 Chantell was approached by the Head of Primo Invictus School to bring LEGO therapy as well as the rest of our program to their school. What an exciting new direction – we cannot wait to see where this opportunity will lead us!
  • From 2021 we will also be working with Gloriam Deo Homeschool Centre.

We believe broad exposure is essential for balanced development.  To this end, we have prepared and assisted our learners to participate in local and international events.

These have included the following competitive events:

  • First Lego League
  • First Lego League (junior)
  • World Robotics Olympiad
  • Robothon

We are currently collaborating with Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, USA, to host the international Robofest competition in conjunction with Hoërskool Waterkloof. This will provide the participants with an opportunity to compete at an international level, using an autonomous robot of their own creation.

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