Robots + Friends = Real Fun
In 2019, two local coaches from the youth competition robotics world opened RoboKai to give more kids a place to explore their passion for building and programming. But we're not just about building robots. We're about building a community—a place where kids of every background, experience level, and interest feel welcome, safe, and empowered to do their thing.
BEING A ROBOKAI PARENT
Our experienced coaches maintain a safe environment for members to learn and have fun.
GET STUFF DONE.
While your child is building robots and making friends, you can shop local businesses, go to the gym, or run errands.
Find your place
Every piece in a robot has its perfect place, and likewise, everyone will find their perfect place at our club. Regardless of grades, social circles, cultural backgrounds, or personality types, everyone is a loved member of the RoboKai community.
It helps with everything else you do.
RoboKai is not just a fun place; it helps prepare kids for life. Throughout each class, members are encouraged to explore and innovate. They are given endless opportunities to connect with others, share experiences, and grow friendships. And they learn how to tackle challenges fearlessly, learning life lessons from the results.
It's real fun.
Forget virtual reality, augmented reality, and simulated reality. This is reality reality. RoboKai is a super fun way to engage with other kids without a screen between them. It's hands-on, brain-on fun.
MEET OUR TEAM
Jason McGarvey is RoboKai's co-founder, director, and head coach. He has been coaching youth robotics teams at the local, state, and world championship levels since 2015. He started RoboKai in 2019 as a way to help more kids explore their passion for STEM.
Mike Hallock-Solomon is RoboKai's co-founder and resident spreadsheet wizard. He started coaching competitive youth robotics teams in 2013 and, with his wife, founded the nonprofit RVA Robotics, which has served as the Central Virginia event partner for the international VEX Robotics Competition.
Cameron Biringer helps members solve problems and stay focused while refereeing games and maintaining a fun vibe. When he's not at RoboKai, he attends classes at John Tyler Community College, sculpts Warhammer models, and works on his own combat robot.
Joey Jackson is a fifth grade science teacher for Richmond Public Schools. With a mechanical background, he learned ways of integrating and applying STEM concepts into the elementary curriculum. He is married to a fabulous special education teacher, has two children, and is constantly looking for new and creative ways to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into his classroom.