School holiday program – July 2012

Due to the success of the previous Robotics Training Week at Tswane University of Technology there will be another week of robotics training during the July school holiday.  This time it will take place at UNISA (University of South Africa) in colaboration with Tswane University of Technology (TUT).

The focus for this week will be development of skills necessary for entering the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and World Robot Olympiad (WRO) competitions (A novice and advanced program will be presented).

No experience required

The novice program is for kids with little to no experience with the Mindstorms NXT LEGO Robotics system. The course will cover the basics of robot building, programming and tactical mission planning.

The advance course will focus on:

  • Advanced programming using NXT-G,
  • Advanced building of robots for various tasks or missions, such as shooting, dropping, or collecting of balls and/or objects.
  • Building gadgets that can be connected to a robot to complete tasks.  Gadgets such as grippers, hooks, scoops, claws, etc.
  • And fault finding:  “Why is my robot not doing exactly what I programmed it to do?”
  • Strategic planning of missions or tasks.

A group of 15 mechatronics students from TUT will be there to guide you and provide support where needed. These students are experts in building and programming LEGO Robots

Detail information regarding WRO and FLL competitions will be shared.

Prior Experience

For the novice course, no prior experience with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics system and programming is needed; everything from simple to advanced will be covered.

For the advanced course, a basic knowledge of the NXT-G programming and robot building is required. If you already know a lot we will take you to your next level.


Bring your own LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics kit (more info in ‘Robotics Kits and Conrols‘ under the topic LEGO and Mindstorms) and a computer/laptop.


From Monday (2nd July) to Thursday (5th July), we start every morning at 9:00 and finish at 15:00 in the afternoon.

Who – Kids 10 to 19 years of age since this is in line with age groups for FLL and WRO competitions.  Teams consist of 2 or 3 kids per team.  Individuals will be placed with other individuals to form teams.

Seats available – 50 seats are available for the novice course and 50 seats for the advanced course.

Cost – R200 per person for either course.

Venue – UNISA campus, exam hall, main building.

Secure a place – Complete and submit the booking form to Johan Benadé: or contact him on 082 855 5680 or 012 382 5177 for more information.  Download the booking form by clicking >>here<< and then click on the download button at the top right hand corner of the page.


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5 thoughts on “LEGO Robotics Training

  1. Just to make it clear – this is taking place at UNISA's MAIN CAMPUS in Pretoria. This is not at the Sunnyside campus, but the main campus at the top of the hill as you enter Pretoria on the right hand side. See this link for the map: UNISA Map

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