Zebra Robotics offers robotics and coding after-school, weekend, and summer camp classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. We offer both virtual and in-person classes. Learn block based coding, web design, app dev, game dev, python, Java and more. Our robotics teams have competed in many regional and international competitions. Check us out and see why we are different.
The 2020/21 Experience at Zebra Robotics
We are opening in-person classes along with our continued virtual classes for summer camps. In-person class spaces are limited. Call us to book a spot.
All in-person classes will follow strict safety protocol, including safe-distancing with limited class capacity, mandatory mask requirement for students & coaches and other health authorities recommended best practices.View recent COVID-19 updates from Zebra Robotics
STEM is important, though Zebra understands that community is as well. The programs occur within an inclusive environment, allowing participants to engage and grow with like-minded peers. There is a sense of accomplishment granted most obviously by the competitions, at which Zebra excels, though the sense of belonging is a valuable aspect of the offering as well. Expertly run by skilled, engaging coaches, in settings that are well appointed.
Satish Thiyagarajan, Zebra Robotics's Journey
Co-Founder and Director
Technology is everywhere around us. It has changed the way we create, communicate, and consume information. Technology is improving our quality of life by producing high quality products and delivering them to an astonishing number of consumers. Artificially Intelligent automation is going to power the next decade.
We founded Zebra Robotics six years back, to provide our students with the knowledge and experience to take advantage of the opportunities technology offers. Our approach to use robotics and coding together to develop hands on building and computer-based programming skills has resulted in phenomenal success. Our student alumni have not only competed and demonstrated their skills at regional, national and international events, they have also earned admissions to prestigious university programs, such as the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, to name a few. Check out our webpage for some of their stories.
Our programs cater to students from Grade 2 to 12, and our future roadmap will provide more depth and expanse in our course offerings. Our focus is on quality programs that provide significant value to our students and their parents. We invite you to join us in this exciting journey.
Many of the high school students have been participating in Robotics and Coding competitions over the last several years while at Zebra Robotics. With Covid, and lockdown in Mississauga, Canada location, they decided to team up for something different.
Group of six high school students, Nikhil, Daxsin, Adam, Vishal,Armina, and Josh came together and organized a Coding hackathon during the week of Hour-of-code. As the participant’s age group varied from Grade 2 to 12, they had to come up with several categories, that challenged participants appropriately, while givng them flexibility to choose challenges higher than their grade level, if they choose to.
Zebra Hackathon 2020 – Organizing committee
They worked over a three week period deciding on how the event will be conducted remotely, while the Zebra marketing and operations team, assisted them in getting the word out, and facilitating signups.
By the week of Zebra Hackathon 2020, they had received over 100 signps, from Canada, US , India and Srilanka. (they didn’t know how the word got out beyond Zebra locations in US and Canada, but hey, more the merrier was the attitude!).
The event lasted for about 3 hours, with results published within that time frame and winners, Zebra Bronze, Silver, Gold Stripe winners.
Overall the experience was very valuable, and participants had fun meeting like minded people across the countries during a tough lockdown we all were experiencing. After toiling for weeks preparing for the event and running it successfully, we asked the organizing team if they want to do it again, there answer was ” can we do this multiple times a year?”
How did you get interested in Coding?
My parents found out about Zebra Robotics around 5 years ago and enrolled me into robotics. During the time I was in Robotics I was completely attracted to programming; flash forward a few years and I joined as a student in Java. Initially I struggled with programming but as it was a grade 11 course I had, I had to push myself to learn and somewhere along the line I started to enjoy programming. From there onwards I programmed at every opportunity I got. Eventually my passion for programming took me to pursue computer science and as such I’m a second year Computer Science student.
Rajath far right has been a student of robotics and coding. He started volunteering and eventually teaching at Zebra Robotics.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your hobby and what you’d like to do when you are not working on your school or university work.
University and working a job at Zebra takes up most of my time, that being said in the little free time I have I mostly just watch shows. Additionally, I make sure to exercise on my free time, as to counteract sitting down and working for a few hours.
How long were you a student at Zebra Robotics? What did you like most at Zebra during that time?
I was a student for around 3 years, in between which I started working a part-time job at Zebra. I have been a Robotics and Coding instructor at Zebra for a little more than 3 years. While I was a student, I spent my first year in robotics and my next 2 in competition with a bit of coding mixed in.
If you were to suggest few things to aspiring Computer Science university students, what would you say?
Programming as a whole is quite difficult at first because it’s like learning a whole new language. With perseverance, practice, and sincerity anyone can become a programmer. Once you get over the first hump in programming, there will be many more but every single challenge you accomplish helps fortify your skills. For university preparation, learn what languages are essential at the time (java, python, etc..) and that should give you a good head start for first year university.