Somerset PTSA STEM Star Club

Robotics Program 2023-2024

Program Chairs: Somerset PTSA VP & Eva Tseng

At the Somerset PTSA STEM Club Robotics Program, students will learn how to code by using EV3 Robotics Kit curriculum, taught by Somerset elementary teachers and guided by mentors from Newport Robotics Group(NRG) who have experience in FIRST® LEGO® League(FLL). Students will dive into the fundamentals of robotics. Embrace the core values of the Robotics League as you investigate real-world problems and engineer creative solutions. Please note, this club mainly lays the foundation for robotics and doesn't participate in any tournaments. 

Program Objective

  • Prepare students to participate in FLL in the future
  • Build STEM foundations applicable outside of FLL
  • Inspire students to start a STEM track

Parent Information Night

NRG will hold online parent information meeting on Wednesday(11/8) 6pm to introduce the class and address any questions. Here is the meeting

Class Sessions

4,5 graders only

Day: Wednesdays 

Check-in Time: 4:00-4:10pm

Class Time:  4:10pm - 5:30pm in Room 211 (at least 19 lessons, probably 21 lessons)

Dates:  11/15,  11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27,4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 ( No class on 11/22)
Note: 4/3, 4/17 may be cancelled if NRG qualifies for the FIRST Robotics Competition Districts and Worlds Competitions


Registration Process

Registration link:

General registration opens on Nov.7 at 10 a.m and closes on Nov 8 at 9pm. This registration will be open to all families with a PTSA membership. Club members will be selected via a lottery system managed by a Somerset teacher if interest exceeds the capacity of 20.

Please check and update your child's grade and teacher's name prior to registration through My Account. 

Before you can register for this program, you must have an active PTSA membership. Please purchase a membership prior to starting the registration process. Create/Renew PTSA Membership.

Cost: $350 with at least 19 lessons
* Please note that we have updated the registration process as follows:
 Registration will be a 3 step process:
a. Registration
b. First two-session tryout (11/15,11/29)
c. Payment
After we have received all application and registration closes on Nov 8, your child would be placed in a lottery system. If your child is accepted into the club, we will send a separate email to your registered PTSA email addresses to notify that your kids is enrolled in the club. During the first two sessions, the teacher and parents will mutually evaluate if this program is a good fit for your child's interest.
Once past the trial, if you remain interested, we will email you with a payment link. This payment link will allow you to complete payment of tuition fees. You should receive this email on Nov.30. If you don't, please check your spam mail or other folders under your inbox.  Please complete payment within 24 hours of receiving acceptance email to secure your child's spot in the club.

Payment Method

Tuition fee is $350.

Refunds are on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. You agree that you are registering for this program with no expectation of receiving any refund should you choose to withdraw your child.

All received tuition will be directed to the Somerset PTSA STEM Club fund. These funds will be utilized for STEM Club activities,  teacher/mentor/coach costs and expenses, support/donation to partner club, materials, equipment, building usage costs, insurance, and other activity-related costs within the STEM Club.

Program Enrollment Capacity

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 30(The first two sessions)

We expect a reduction in class size following the initial tryout sessions and mentor evaluation.

Parent Participation

Parents must be available to attend at least one to two sessions during the year for each enrolled student to assist the class. This participation is required. Parents will help monitor students, help to run the club, help with check-in and checkout, and make sure rooms are clean at the end of class. 

Use the following link to reserve your Parent Volunteer spots:

The SignUp Genius is set up with all the class sessions. It is a first-come, first-serve basis so please sign up for the dates that work best for your schedule. After Dec 31st, in order for us to have at least one volunteer per session, we will assign dates to parents who have not signed up.

Parents must complete the Bellevue School District Volunteer background check and check-in at the Somerset Office on their volunteer day. 


Our mission is to support the education, health, and welfare of each and every child at Somerset Elementary School. As part of the Washington State PTA, we are a nonprofit membership association bringing together the home, school, and community on behalf of our children.