Who we are

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CodeABot is the trading name of the Advanced Technologies Institute. The centre focuses on teaching mechanics, electronics, robotics and coding to kids. The beginning courses deliberately have a hands-on, interactive or experiential approach to learn coding. The community outreach program of the centre is governed by the New High Trust. The New High Trust is the umbrella for teaching children from local children’s homes as well as the management structure of robotic competitions and events such as The Thymio Collaboration Project, First Lego League Competition and the World Robotics Olympiad.

Meet the team

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Paula

A homeschooling mom with over 20 years of experience. Her own boys worked on the Simple and Powered Machines curriculum and Lego EV3 Mindstorms code as youngsters. She manages the business financial accounts.

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Keegan

A gamer who has started adulting. He was the first person to join the team and is impressive with PC’s and tech stuff. Although he is self-taught, Keegan is formalising his knowledge through part time studies.

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Natasha

Natasha got hooked on the potential of robotics and coding when she took her own three girls to a competition at the Nelson Mandela University. She is the owner of CodeABot and believes that every child’s potential can be unlocked if you can find the right key.

Where you can find us

Due to the impact of Covid lockdown, we have a temporary home in Abelia Crescent in Sunridge Park. Part of the owner’s home has been converted to accommodate the business. A separate entrance with facilities to disinfect and wash hands is available. All visits are by appointment only and most consultations are done telephonically or online to avoid unnecessary exposure of the environment to germs. To avoid traffic and parking issues in the residential area, parents are asked to drop and go. The Sunridge shopping centre is less than 900 meters away and a small park less than 80 meters away is a lovely waiting place for those who wish to not drive.

Our Progress Awards

We do not hand out certificates for our beginner courses. Please read our blog “What course should my child do next?”. Rather all new clients are required to make a once off purchase of our CodeABot passport which we use to document all courses done and attendance reached in the course. We like to reward your hard work. Earn a stamp of completion in your personal CodeABot Passport to the Future. Collect all the appropriate stamps for each level. Once you complete the beginner courses, we will reward you with a badge you can proudly display as proof of your progress.

We require an 80% attendance rate to sign off a beginner course as complete. Once a minimum of 5 courses are complete a learner may apply to enter the Advanced courses in Python. Here coding portfolios and assessments are done.

Our Terms and Conditions

General

1. To partake in CodeAbot activities clients are required to both REGISTER a profile as well as and CHECKOUT the particular course to be purchased.
2. All clients are required to fill in the online registration form in full. All parents, guardians and learner details that are submitted are used for communications between CodeABot and the client. It is the responsibility of the client to supply accurate and up to date information.
3. By submitting an enrolment form learners, his/her parent(s), guardian(s), or sponsor(s) agree to the privacy policy.
4. We require an 80% attendance record to consider a beginner course as completed.
5. Clients may book either courses, workshops or online classes.
6. Courses are either 10 hours or 12 hours depending on age.
7. 10-hour courses run Monday to Friday for 2 hours each day.
8. 12-hour courses run Tuesday to Friday for 3 hours each day.
9. We are closed on public holidays and class times and days will vary in weeks where public holidays fall.
10. All visits are by appointment only.
11. Masks are to be worn at all times at the facility.
12. The facility will only be available to visit for registered clients.
13. Advanced Technologies Institute shall have the right to vary the program syllabus should the
facilitator feel it will enhance learner’s experience.
14. Learners shall be held financially liable for destruction of equipment if it is as a result of not listening to a facilitator or disrespect for Advance Technologies Institute property.

Fees

1. By completing the online submission…liable for full course, workshop or online class.
2. All new learners are expected to purchase a passport booklet at a R25 additional cost. This is a once off fee.
3. Bookings cannot be credited for other courses or transferred in any way due to Covid isolation requirements.
4. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances whatsoever, unless the programme is cancelled by CodeABot.
5. The fee is payable upfront and must be paid in full when booking the course online.
6. Advanced Technologies Institute trading as CodeABot, reserves the right to postpone or cancel skills programmes due to lack of demand. In event of cancellation, as opposed to postponement, all fees will be refunded. The class requires a minimum of 4 learners to run.
7. Holiday clubs, workshops and competition fees are over and above monthly fees.
8. Equipment fees for certain programs are over and above regular course fees but this will be clearly stated in the enrolment form prior to enrolment.
9. The Passport to the Future and badges are for the learners own account. Passports (R25 each) are compulsory and badges are optional.
10. Course payments are as follows.
4-day courses R140 per hour for 12 hours = R1640
5-day courses R140 per hour for 10 hours = R1400
11. Online courses are R1640 and take approximately 16 hours to complete.
12. The Micro:Bit course costs do not include all materials for projects. Cost may vary but please budget on approximately R300.

Privacy Policy

1. All personal details will be used by CodeABot to communicate information about recommended courses, holiday programs and workshops.
2. By enrolling for a course, you are agreeing that photos of your child may be taken and used for promotional material including Facebook, Instagram and the CodeABot website.
3. Photos may be used in printable media such as promotional pamphlets and posters for CodeABot.
4. Your cell number may be added to a WhatsApp group to assist with group communication.

Legal Declaration of Indemnity

1. All staff, facilitators and representatives of Advanced Technologies Institute will act responsibly to keep learners and their property safe. Learners are expected to listen to instructions to assist us in doing so.
2. Learners are to stay out of private areas of the premises.
3. The learner hereby indemnifies Advanced Technologies Institute against any claim made against Advanced Technologies Institute in respect of any damage arising out of the fault of the applicant.

Informed Consent

1. Parents are responsible to give correct answers regarding covid and confirm that they have, to the best of their knowledge, not withheld any information that may be relevant to the learner’s state of health.
2. Parents are aware of the potential health risk involved with moving in a public space under the current circumstances (Covid -19 and the Novel Corona Virus).
3. By completing a booking parents give consent to the teaching of classes in the format required of an interactive and constantly moving lesson. Social distancing cannot always be guaranteed with moving robots.
4. Parents hereby release and discharge CodeABot, its present and future members and employees, from all claims for loss or damages, howsoever caused (including the risk of Covid -19 contamination), that learners may suffer as a direct or indirect result of or otherwise attributable to exposure within the facility.

Missed Classes

1. The learner’s failure to attend classes for whatever reason shall in no way entitle him / her to a reimbursement in fees or a catch-up class.
2. An 80% attendance is required to complete the course.
3. We are unable to catch learners up by swapping out classes.
4. We may from time to time assist with private classes at our discretion to assist special cases such as family deaths etc. These are charged at R250 an hour.