R2-D2, WALL-E, Transformers…we all remember those futuristic machines. Today, robots are no longer confined to fictional worlds! From self-driving cars to robotic roller coasters, students learn about sophisticated machines that are tackling complex tasks with amazing speed and precision. This launch class looks at the fundamentals of engineering and technology necessary to create amazing contraptions and then kids construct simplified models of their own to reinforce the principles learned. From projects such as motorized airplane launchers and battle bots to programmable LEGO WeDo structures, kids are immersed in a world of remarkable robots and marvelous machines.