BlackBelt Robotics Programs
are broken into ten "Belt Levels":
White, Yellow, Yellow 1st, Green, Green 1st, Blue, Blue 1st, Red, Red 1st, and BlackBelt.
Each “Belt” represents 16 weeks of training and progressively higher skill-sets needed for technical jobs.
For instance: An entry level “technician” needs to know the basics of electricity,
use of standard tools, and have basic computer diagnostic skills. This is the level of training a Yellow Belt achieves.
At the end of the 16 week White Belt training program, students will have all of these things and more. They will have a basic “Vocabulary” of electricity and electronics. They will be comfortable using tools for repair and diagnostic work. They will also assemble their own small robot and program it for different tasks. Students will understand how inexpensive micro-controllers can be used to do things like: control motors, turn lights on and off, sense objects, temperature etc and communicate with a smart phone.
A Green Belt begins be qualified to guide a team of technicians to accomplish a specific goal.
Blue Belt Is the level where individuals begin to specialize into different segments of industry such as Software, Mechanical Design, Electronic Design, Circuit Design, 3D Design and Printing. Some students may want to specialize in Project Management, or even fields related to Finance or Legal issues. ALL these things are part of a modern product development group.
Red Belts will be leaders of robotic teams and designers on new projects. At this level, we hope to be joining our students with REAL engineering projects brought to us by local industry.
A BLACKBELT will be a specialist in one or more fields of engineering and somewhat skilled in business management. We don't expect most students to achieve BLACKBELT without some setbacks. Each level will be more challenging and harder to pass. Testing for these levels will be incrementally harder and longer especially with the consideration that every belt level must demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach ALL the curriculum of ALL the previous levels. HOWEVER! There is NO "flunking". Students who do not pass to a higher belt level simply do not pass. There is no shame and these students continue to work on their skills and weak areas to be ready for the next Belt testing time.
At the end of each 16 week program, students will receive a certificate
of participation and be eligible to test for the next higher belt.
One of the key aspects of BBR certification is that before a student can advance, they must demonstrate
a thorough understanding of all previous training levels PLUS demonstrate they can teach it to others.
There are no “grades” in this program. Students either “know their stuff” or they don't. A “C” is not a passing grade.
IF you advance, you will NOT be an AVERAGE technician, programmer, engineer, instructor, etc.
This is the only way that employers will be able to recognize the value of BLACKBELT ROBOTICS certification.
Your Certification will be kept in Cloud Storage where employers can verify a student's proven ability.