Written for: Parents of current C4RL students undergoing Robotics Certificate Programme (LEGO Mindstorms EV3)
Date of Course Structure Update: 1 Nov 2019 onwards
C4RL will be updating its RCP curriculum from the current course structure of 4 course sessions per level, total 6 course levels to a flexible scheduling system. This new system will allow for a flexible timing schedule, and flexible number of class sessions to cater to different learning speeds.
- These are compulsory sessions intended to teach fundamental theory and concepts for that course level.
- Within each course level, completion of Foundation Session is required before embarking on Practice Sessions
- These are activity based sessions intended to allow students to explore programming and robot building activities.
- Within each course level, there are a set of course activities to be completed before a student can attempt a Course Proficiency Test
- Students may register for as many Practice Sessions as needed to complete the required course activities. Recommended 3 Practice Sessions per course level.
- Students may also attempt additional activities beyond the required course activities if they will like more practice before going for the Course Proficiency Test.
Course Proficiency Test
- Students may register for the Course Proficiency Test upon completing the course requisites (Foundation Session + Course activities in Practice Sessions)
- The Course Proficiency Test is non-chargeable
- In the event students do not pass the Course Proficiency Test, they may be recommended to redo certain course activities before attempting the test again.
Changes to Curriculum Structure
Sometimes it may be difficult for parents to schedule enrichment classes because of preexisting tuition classes or holiday travel plans. Other times last minute emergencies or illness may complicate scheduling and we may not be able to arrange for a make up class on a last minute notice.
The new curriculum structure can help by allowing parents to book for session slots without having to worry about keeping to the same timing or the course session progression.
While our class sizes are kept small (max 5 students per class), it may be possible to have students of vastly different learning speeds within the same class. This can be due to differences in age, prior experience, and learning ability. Having a standardised number of sessions per course level may not necessary produce the best outcomes for our students in some cases.
By moving away from a fixed number of sessions in a course level to a curriculum structure that is based on satisfactory completion of course activity, we allow students who require more hands-on practice to register for more sessions. Conversely for students who are able to grasps the course quickly, we enable them to complete the course level in fewer sessions.