We established Robotics for Fun in 2004 to provide a fun learning environment for students in all aspects of robotics. We have learned a lot over the last eight years and mostly from the students.
Years ago I had one parent who had a remarkable child. I think at the time he was nine. He had an incredible capacity to design and program and he worked at a very high level. He loved building in particular but was an extremely strong programmer. His Dad wanted him to spend more time programming. We understand the importance of keeping students engaged while encouraging them to do things they may not like but managing the expectations of the parent and the needs of the child can be tricky. Fortunately we have managed to do both well over the years.
One day the parent, child and I were talking. The Dad asked the child why he did not want to do more programming. He seemed frustrated that his child did not want to do more programming and the child gave the best answer anyone could have expected. He said ” It is called Robotics for Fun”. Nothing could have summed it up better. He was nine years old, was engaged in learning robotics, happened to be strong in both areas and just wanted to do it at his own pace.
When I see Robotics for Fun I remember that. He reminded me that it should just be fun.