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About the Academy

About the Academy
School calendar

In general these are the dates when the galactIQ Academy does not give lessons during the year:

  • Autumn break: 24 October - 31 October 2021
  • Winter break: 25 December 2021 - 9 January 2022
  • Spring break: 26 February - 6 March 2022
  • Easter Monday: 18 April 2022
  • May break: 23 April - 8 May 2022
  • Ascension day: 26 May 2022
  • Whit Monday: 6 June 2022
  • Summer holiday: 23 July - 4 September 2022

These dates apply only to the UWC school in Maastricht (The Netherlands):

  • Autumn break: 24 October - 31 October 2021
  • Winter break: 18 December 2021 - 9 January 2022
  • Spring break: 26 February - 6 March 2022
  • Easter Monday: 18 April 2022
  • May break: 23 April - 8 May 2022
  • Ascension day: 26 May 2022
  • Whit Monday: 6 June 2022
  • Summer holiday: 15 July - 4 September 2022
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OUR SUMMERCAMPS

Our summer camps are normally 3 or 5-day-long events with 3 to 4 hour-long sessions each day. During these events GalactIQ's specialists (normally 2 or 3 specialists per event) take care of a maximum of 16 students. In general we organise kids in teams of 2 students each, we provide different names for each team and they get a t-shirt with their team's logo to wear while the competition takes place.
During these sessions, all students will learn new techniques (engineering and programming) in order to develop their very own robotics creation and compete with other teams in a secure environment. All our students receive a diploma at the end of the camp and the winners get a trophy that normally is 3D printed.

ONLINE LESSONS. THE RULES.

So you are thinking of joining our super cool online lessons, here are some ground rules and tips:
1- GalactIQ won't provide computers, internet connection or technical solutions to probable device or home's wifi's technical issues.
2- It is very important that the device each student will use to attend our online lessons is up to date in terms of Operating System (latest version of windows, IOS, MacOS, etc).
3- We use a video conferencing app called ZOOM.US (https://zoom.us/), it is a must that each device used to attend our lessons has this App installed and tested.
4- We also recommend you to test the app (test microphone, speakers and video). Please take a look at this link https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/zoom/how-to-test-your-microphone-and-speakers-...
5- Our staff will send you a MEETING ID + PASSWORD via email at least one hour before the online lesson. Students should access the meeting at least 10 minutes before the lesson, each student should have the zoom.us app open and entered the MEETING ID and PASSWORD in order to be ready before the lesson kicks off.
6- If a student arrives too late to the lesson, he or she will be able to join following the same instructions provided above.
7- Our staff will send the instructions of the lesson before it starts (we normally send all the instructions before the first lesson, which should be applicable throughout the whole month of teaching).
8- Depending of the curriculum being taught, students might have to have another software available and open on their devices before the lesson starts (Scratch, Sublime Text, Lego WeDo, other).

BEST PRACTICES DURING THE LESSON
A- Each student should be respectful, listen to the teacher at all times and keep order when participating in the lesson.
B- Make yourself some questions before joining our online courses:
+ Does my device have battery?
+ Have I tested ZOOM.US before the lesson starts? Microphone ok? Camera ok? Speakers ok?
+ Do I know my credentials to log on Scratch.mit.edu?
+ Do I have access to Sublime Text or Codepen on my computer (We will provide credentials and instructions to use these software before the lesson starts)
+ Am I in a very noisy place? Am I going to be able to follow the lesson and not bother other students?

Any other doubts, please contact us via info@galactiq.app

DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN COMPUTER?

If you are attending a group at our agency, we'll provide computers, robots and all. If you are attending one of our groups at another primary school, the school provides the computers and GalactIQ provides the robotics. Anyway, if there is a special case we'll make sure you are the first one to know, otherwise the answer is 'NO, you don't have to bring anything but enthusiasm and a good mood'.

CAN I CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION?

Do you want out? well, here are the rules:
A- If you have a flexible subscription, you can hop on and off whenever you want with a simple condition: let us know at least one 7 natural days before the end of the month, otherwise it will be too late and you'll have to pay the next invoice.
B- If you have a yearly subscription, we can only give you back the remaining months if you are officially moving to a city far away from Maastricht. Otherwise you might invite other person to use your subscription.
Please take a look at our TERMS & CONDITIONS

WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!?

Well, this is a recurring question. It's simple, our groups receive 1.5hrs every week except on school holidays. In general as an average we deliver 3.8 lessons per month (5.7hours of Coding and Robotics per month) taking a full schooling year (10 months). Of course if you join in the month of December what's likely to happen is that you will receive 3 lessons, but some other months depending on the weekday of you lesson, you'd receive up to 5 lessons in a month.

You will find the school holiday list in a yellow button on every GROUP tab, on every school page in this website, for instance you can take a look at the calendar at UNITED WORLD COLLEGE to find this yellow button at the top.

HOW MUCH IS A SUBSCRIPTION?

The galactIQ Academy is open to girls and boys from 5 to 13 years old and you have two modalities to attend the courses of this fun academy:

1- Online classes. Follow our weekly classes via zoom in groups of no more than 6 students with one of our teachers. These lessons last one hour each week and their subscription is €79 / month (VAT included) and 719€/10 months (September-June) or 649€/9 months (October-June) if you choose the yearly subscription.

2- Face-to-face classes. These classes are currently held only in the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) in two different centers: ICANCODE SCHOOL in the city center (Maastrichter Smedenstraat 5, 6211GK, Maastricht) or at the prestigious United World College (Discusworp 65, 6225 XP Maastricht). These lessons last an hour and a half each week and the subscription is priced at €99 / month (VAT included) and  899€/10 months (September-June) or 809€/9 months (October-June) if you choose the yearly subscription.

Click the button 'Join today!' below 👇. In the subscription form, choose the type of class you want to attend (online or face-to-face), choose the payment method (if you pay annually you benefit from a discount of almost 10%) and finally choose the group that best suits you.

WHEN DO LESSONS BEGIN?

Every group and school we teach at are different, but in general our schooling year begins on the 1st of September and finished on the 30th of June. Still you can hop on and off almost whenever you want as many times there is a group with a low level you can hop on. To find out more about the schooling calendar and the groups you can join, please visit all the school pages here on our website and open the tab called GROUPS to see each calendar in detail. For instance you have some links here to not miss anything:
CLICK TO SEE GROUPS AT OUR AGENCY
CLICK TO SEE GROUPS AT UNITED WORLD COLLEGE
CLICK TO SEE GROUPS AT BS SCHARN
CLICK TO SEE GROUPS AT OBS BINNENSTAD

...HMM, SO WHAT ABOUT STUDY DAYS?

Aha! Study days are awesome, right? they feel like weekends... but they are not for us. Our program does not stop unless is an official school holiday. The lessons will take place at your usual school, at the same time on the usual day, so don't miss out! We'll be there waiting for us.

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About the Academy

The galactIQ Academy is open to girls and boys from 5 to 13 years old and you have two modalities to attend the courses of this fun academy:

1- Online classes. Follow our weekly classes via zoom in groups of no more than 6 students with one of our teachers. These lessons last one hour each week and their subscription is €79 / month (VAT included) and 719€/10 months (September-June) or 649€/9 months (October-June) if you choose the yearly subscription.

To follow the online galactIQ Academy you just need to download zoom.us on your computer or tablet. It is important to know that for the little ones (from 5 to 7 years old) an adult from home must accompany them during the class.


2- Face-to-face classes. These classes are currently held only in the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) in two different centers: ICANCODE SCHOOL in the city center (Maastrichter Smedenstraat 5, 6211GK, Maastricht) or at the prestigious United World College (Discusworp 65, 6225 XP Maastricht). These lessons last an hour and a half each week and the subscription is priced at €99 / month (VAT included) and  899€/10 months (September-June) or 809€/9 months (October-June) if you choose the yearly subscription.

All lessons are held weekly on the same day and at the same time (there is no class during official school holidays).

Click the button 'Join today!' below 👇. In the subscription form, choose the type of class you want to attend (online or face-to-face), choose the payment method (if you pay annually you benefit from a discount of almost 10%) and finally choose the group that best suits you.

NOTE ABOUT GROUPS AND LEVELS: when registering you will notice the groups have been classified as L0, L1, L2 and L3, each correspond to the skills level of the students. For a kid that is just starting with us Level 0 (L0) would be the correct one while a kid that has been studying with us 3 years in a row Level 3 (L3) would be the perfect fit. If you have any doubts about this, please contact us via info@galactiq.app

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  • "...the lesson was so well scaffolded..."

    We used the first episode in the robotics series and our students thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.  The instructions were comprehensive for both the students and the teachers and the children could follow them to build their individual rover and were thrilled to see that the commands they set made the rover move.  As teachers, we valued the fact that the lesson was so well scaffolded and it included opportunities for discussion as well as for practising digital skills.  We can see the potential of this educational solution and how it could complement a primary school’s curriculum.

    Lucy White and Ema Caires dos Santos
  • Simple and effective

    "The step by step construction and coding instructions on galatIQ were simple and effective, ensuring student success regardless of their ability.  Along with the instructions, the online tutorials kept students engaged and encouraged them to grow in confidence over the course of the week.  The students particularly were inspired to be ambitious with their designs; creating unique and innovative robots. Overall, it is a brilliant experience!"

    Michelle C.
  • A fantastic tool for teachers

    "Galactiq is a fantastic tool for teachers. It helps manage the flow of the lesson, get an overview of how students are doing, encourages student participation and collaboration. It is very comfortable to teach using Galactiq!"

    Paulius Skaisgir
  • It's easy and fun

    "Galactiq is the perfect way to learn and teach coding and robotics to younger kids, even when having minimal to no coding experience yourself. Before each class, I go over today's lesson to gain an understanding of today's targets and goals. With hands-on information solely available for teachers, you can use Galactiq as a manual to learn everything needed to teach the class."

    Caro Cools
  • Impressive!

    "The video game development episodes are broken down into manageable steps, which allowed all the children in my class to develop a functioning, playable game. What really impressed me though, were the opportunities to experiment with the code; allowing my class to create a truly unique game. I can’t believe how quick we went from zero to hero!"

    Jack Barber
  • "A practical approach with a lot of creativity ..."

    My kids attended the galactIQ Academy for more than two years. During this period, Diego and Gabriel learned many cool things such as programming with Scratch, creating websites with Javascript and HTML, programming Lego based robots, among others. 

    The staff are kind, professional and always willing to help. The approach is hands on with a lot of creativity involved. It was a very pleasant and rewarding experience for my kids. I strongly recommended it for all kids (and adults) who want to develop programming and robotics skills while applying their creativity and enjoying an entertaining learning environment.

    Amina Omerovic

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Media Literacy

Behaviour, safety and understanding
A 'must' for all kids in primary schools. Students will learn to recognise the complex mechanisms of the online environment they grow surrounded with. Through debating and investigating your class will fully understand the online world.

Robotics

Learning engineering is key
By teaching engineering and robotics to kids at an early age, you are furnishing them with a foundational skill set that could become essential to them in the future.

Game Development

Plan, design, develop and test
The video game creation process includes planning, designing, programming, testing, and launching a game. A complete digital creative process that reinforces the confidence and programming skills of your students.

Web Development

Programming languages ​​from an early age
Programming languages are part of a strong and smart education for the new generations. Javascript, CSS, HTML or Python are easy to teach and learn thanks to the galactIQ educational method.

Digital Creativity

Where they expand their creative horizons
We want our students not only to understand the rudiments and fundamentals of technology, at galactIQ we also aim at making primary school students creative with the tools we learn to use.