Robotics & STEM

A seriously fun learning center, L3 Academy fosters a child’s natural curiosity about the world to think critically and solve problems. At L3, our classes and programs are geared to go beyond just being an af terschool enrichment program. While we believe learning can and should be fun, we also believe that it takes time and that there should be continuity. The majority of our classes and programs are structured to build upon one another (though they can be taken individually). Click to view schedules:

Fall 2017 and L3 Academy Robotics Club and L3 CLASSES IN TOTOWA, NJ and Summer Camp

Robotics / STEM

L3 Robotics Club : Take Your Skills to the Next Level

The L3 Academy Robotics Club is a weekly/bi-weekly program specifically for students who want to explore challenging and fun projects beyond "just the build." The kids will form robotics teams and work as a group to meet the challenge issued by US FIRST for Jr. FIRST LEGO League (non-competitive) or FIRST LEGO League (competitive). In 2018, we will be adding more programs to the L3 Robotics Club.

  • L3 Robotics Club Jr. (ages 6-10). Registration starts in Sept. for Winter 2018. Read more or register now.
  • L3 Robotics Club (ages 10-14; Minimum: 5th grade). 4th graders must be assessed. If your child is interested in joining the team next fall, please have him/her take an L3 Robotics Club Training (in the Winter or Summer). Registration deadline is August 15, 2017.
  • L3 Robotics Club offers more programs all year-round. Our mission is to create a community for children who have an interest or want to explore an interest beyond "just the build." This fall, we will offer two Next Level Robotics programs.
    • L3 Robotics Club Jr.: Next Level Robotics Teams consisting of 2 to 4 students will be formed to answer the challenge of “what happens with waste?”. The teams have two main objectives: (1) design, build, and program a representation of their research using the LEGO® robotics system (2) Research challenges faced by today’s scientists and create a presentation. No experience required. Kids will apply real-world STEM concepts and learn critical thinking, teamwork and presentation skills. The L3 Academy Robotics Club Jr. is a series of programs geared towards students who want to explore challenging and fun projects beyond "just the build."
    • L3 Robotics Club.: Next Level Robotics Teams consisting of 3 to 4 students will be formed to answer the challenge of “how does one learn?”. The teams have two main objectives: (1) design, build, and program a representation of their research using the EV3 robotics system (2) Research challenges faced by today’s scientists and create a presentation. No experience required. Kids will apply real-world STEM concepts and learn critical thinking, teamwork and presentation skills.
    • The L3 Academy Robotics Club is a series of programs geared towards students who want to explore fun, challenging robotics projects and would consider entering competitive robotics competitions.

Strategy/Critical Thinking

Chess with Chess Master (K-8)

This fall, we will have an official Chess Master instructing our chess classes. Children starting from Kindergarten all the way to 8th grade are welcome in the class. Student can take the chess program without entering the tournament. Read more.

Stock Wizards: Financial Education

L3 students will be starting out with $100,000 in virtual cash to make real work financial decisions, while learning financial concepts – from investment portfolio strategies to long-term savings to compound interest. Our stockbrokers will create, manage and analyst an online investment portfolio on a trading platform. Market concepts covered during the program: corporations, stock and ticker symbols, exchange/market, diversification, bonds, risks, stock price, dividends and earnings. Ideally, rising students in grades 4-8 would participate. Limited registration.

Brick Academy (LEGO®-based learning)

Early Simple Machines: Jr. Engineers (Grades PreK-K)

These young engineers will create simple machines – gears, wheels, pulleys and axles – while exploring science and engineering concepts. Using LEGO® Duplo®, our young engineers will build models such as a giant fidget spinner, an old-fashioned clock, a weight scale and more. Science and engineering concepts are introduced during each lesson.

Early Simple Machines: Gears, Levers & Moving Parts (Grades PreK-K)

Young learners will experiment by creating simple machines – gears, wheels, pulleys and axles – while exploring energy, buoyancy and balance. Using LEGO® Duplo®, our young engineers will build models - such as a seesaw, rolling vehicle, ship, egg beater and much more. Science and engineering concepts are introduced during each lesson.

LEGO® Robotics 2.0: Unwired (Grades 1-3)

Our young engineers will build simple bots, program them to move, race or battle as well as make sounds and even react to external stimulus using motors and sensors through icon-based programming. Select builds include a simple Mars Rover, a car, a “leashed” bot and more..

LEGO® Robotics (Grades 1-4)

Animals & Amazing Movement LEGO® Robotics/Animals and Amazing Mechanisms: Your future engineer can now build a simple machine and program it to move, make sounds and even react to external stimulus using motors, sensors and icon-based programming software. Select builds includes a hungry alligator that chomps away happily; a roaring lion and his pride; and a soccer player with goalie. Class offered in Montclair and Totowa.

LEGO® Robotics Jr.: KidBots (Grades K-1)

This introductory class will open the door to a whole new world. Children will build simple machines - such as a catapult, a magic wand and a helicopter - using all sorts of gears and simple machines. Some builds will use software to program movement, sensors and reactions. There are different builds between KidBots 1 and KidBots 2. Prerequisite: Children should be able to follow simple pictorial directions with little assistance.

Advanced LEGO® Robotics (Grades 3-6)

*2nd grade assessment needed to enter class. Obsessed with LEGO® builds? Are the 500+ piece builds taking only an hour? If so, your child is ready for Advanced LEGO Robotics, where he/she will have an opportunity to build more structures with more complex gearing and program it to move, react to movement, etc. Builds include making a pinball machine, X-wing, ATST, bug, etc.

Minecraft® Madness

L3 offers a monthly, rotating series of Minecraft courses. Your child can explore historical civilizations, reenact a battle, explore new worlds, go on quests or be challenged to survive. Students must think strategically and collaborate in order to accomplish their goals. To view monthly themes, you can view in registration description or contact us - 973.783.8333 or Info@L3-Academy.com - for more details.

Coding Academy

Create your own adventure, interactive story or video game and start learning how to program. Our classes can be taken as a standalone class or as a way to build competency. Each class builds competency within a specific software program. The progression starts with drag and drop icon-based programming to ends with script programming. We have suggested grade levels for each of the programming courses, but if your child(ren) has/have taken courses previously or shows a propensity for this subject matter, please contact us for an assessment and placement.

Intro to Programming I, II & III (Suggested Grades 3-8)

This class is a prerequisite for Building an App. 2nd grade assessment required to enter class. Intro to Programming I: students begin to learn the framework for creating a program from if/then statements to how to control movement on an X/Y axis to customizing avatars and their environments. A mini game is programmed. Intro to Programming II: Students will take the knowledge and apply it to creating a program from scratch using some additional commands and complex variables. Intro to Programming III is where our young coders will code their own game or interactive story from concept to completion. Programs used will be MIT Scratch, BYOB. This programming track is geared towards script programming in the next series.

Class offered in Montclair & Totowa.

Python (Level 1) (Grades 6-9)

Explore Python script basics from how to store and manipulate numbers; variables, integrated development environment, loops and how to make decisions with your program. Students will create Magic8Ball and EtchASketch programs. Students with knowledge of MIT Scratch, Alice or BYOB will easily. Python Level 2 and 3 (app building) will follow in Winter and Spring.

Technology, Engineering & Robotics

STEM Sampler (Grades K-2)

Have a curious child? Maybe a budding engineering or a mad scientist? Not sure which class to take? Each week, your child will be given a different activity such as robotics, engineering, science, coding, Minecraft, math, etc.

Tinker Lab (Grades 1-3)

Video GameTinker, Thinker, Maker. Our courses are built for kids who like to tinker, design, build and create something as simple as a light-up card to a more complex coding and wiring of a game controller. Our Tinker Lab brings together hands-on maker activities from STEAM projects to programming a simple game controller using Play-doh.

Robotics & L3 Robotics Club (Grades 1-8)

Our young engineers are introduced to the basics of robotics while working with various robots including LEGO® WeDo® to teach basic concepts, computing concepts) and Mindstorms® EV3. Students will create different robotics and program them to complete a challenge. Scroll up to see more information.

Young Learners

Jr. Scientists (PreK-K)

See description in "Science" section.

Early Simple Machines with LEGO® (Grades PreK-K)

See description in "Robotics" section.

Call us at 973-783-8333 or email us at Info@L3-Academy to register today!