Frequently asked questions

Why Scratch and will we be offering other coding programs as well?

MIT’s Scratch program is kind of the LEGO of coding. It’s used by millions around the world and teaches complex concepts and problem solving logic with age-appropriate tools. “With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community” https://scratch.mit.edu While we use other coding languages for older students, those are not yet available as part of the on-demand subscription program. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

There are other video game design virtual programs available.  What makes The Robot Garage unique?

We’ve been teaching Scratch for years and have developed a unique teaching formula to address questions that can arise. We know where kids get confused and we address this head on with each project. The goal is to have each student design 3 new games a month they can be proud of. There is no question that success leads to confidence which leads to continued engagement and learning….painlessly.

Can I cancel or pause my subscription?

Absolutely. Your subscription will renew monthly based on your purchase date (or every 3 months if you purchase the 3-month bundle. You can cancel or pause your subscription any time before it renews by contacting us at Tibor@therobotgarage.com

How do I access my self-paced video classes?

The video portal is where you will find all of the welcome videos needed to get everything set up. These videos will explain how to make an account and navigate the website.

Step 1: Click on the Subscription Login button in the upper right. Here you will enter the email address used to purchase your subscription.

Step 2: We will immediately send an email to that address with the code you will need to enter the portal. Enter the code where indicated and you're logged in!

Step 3: Once you have watched the Welcome videos, you’re ready to start your first lesson. As a bonus to new families, we have included three Introduction to Scratch classes to help familiarize students with the Scratch environment and coding basics.

What type of computer setup is required?

Scratch can be run using most current web browsers on laptops, desktops, and tablets. We recommend using a second screen to keep both the video and Scratch programming screen up at all times.