Program Rules

Our programs operate for the most part within the Seattle School District and in particularly at the Coe Elementary School.  Some special programs operate in the workshop used by the Learning Access Institute in cases where specialized equipment is required.

Program Operating within the Seattle Public School System.

The CoeBotics (robotics for K – 5th grade students) program operates within the Seattle Public School System and specifically at Coe Elementary School. This program is officially classified under SPS rules as: “School Related Activity provided by a Private Organization”.  As such, the program is provided by the Learning Access Institute, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, and complies with all SPS set forth rules, which include but are not limited to:

  • Provides opportunities to its programs for all students, based on a first-come-first serve basis, or other fair method of determination who can join.
  • Provides scholarships for those students in need
  • May charge program fees to cover it s costs of operations.
  • Organization has Liability Insurance

The CoeBotics program is NOT a District operated activity, and all payments for this activity are directly made by the families to the Learning Access Institute.  This is a private activity.

Rules for participation in a Learning Access Institute sponsored Robotics Program.

In order to participate in one or more of the Learning Access Institute Robotics programs, being it JrCoeBotics, CoeBotics or any other competition or non-competition robotics programs, requires both students and parents to conduct them selves within a set of program Core Values, which are:

  • We are a team.
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
  • We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
  • What we discover is more important than what we win.
  • We share our experiences with others.
  • We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition™ in everything we do.
  • We have FUN!

All our programs are for students and about students,  we will however from time to time ask parents to help out and volunteer, and some of our programs expect parent participation. In all cases we expect the parents to live by the above values as well.  When the program organizer believes that either the student or the parent has violated the intent of these principals the student will be asked to leave the program.   In all cases the decision made by the program organizer will be based on the greater good of the team and/or program and all decisions are final.

Email List Use

Some of our programs will have program specific e-mail lists, and there maybe from time to time larger group e-mail lists used to communicate with parents and students of the various programs.  Use of these lists are intended to facilitate easy communication about programs.  Users of these lists should abide by the following rules of conduct:

  • The mailing lists exist to foster excitment about Robotics and STEM in general. Non-constructive or off-topic messages, along with other abuses, are not welcome.
  • Do not send spam; it is illegal under state and federal law.
  • Make sure that you are using the proper list.
  • Do not send automated out-of-office or vacation messages.
  • Do not send test messages to determine whether your mail client is working.
  • Do not send subscription or unsubscription requests to the list address itself; use the respective -request address instead or Web interface.
  • Avoid sending large attachments.
  • Do not quote messages that were sent to you by other people in private mail, unless agreed beforehand.
  • When replying to messages on the mailing list, do not send a carbon copy (CC) to the original poster unless they explicitly request to be copied.
  • If you want to complain to someone who sent you a carbon copy when you did not ask for it, do it privately.
  • If you want to complain about a particular team member, parent or other individual do it in private, do not use the email list.
  • Do not use foul language;
  • Try not to flame; it is not polite.
  • Use common sense all the time.

If one or more of the above general conduct rules are violated, the program organizer will ask the student to leave the program.   In all cases the decision made by the program organizer will be based on the greater good of the team and/or program and all decisions are final.