You will need this robot for the course. For the Jan 2017 course, the students are building the robot before class begins. Contact me for a time prior to the first class if your child needs assistance.
This link at DamienKee.com contains the primary instructions. It uses the Educational Kit 45544 but not to worry, if you have the Home Retail Kit 31313, you simply use these instructions, too!
Make sure to log in and mark the assignment completed so I will know if we need to set aside class time to do this. The advantage to doing it ahead of time is that we can cover more in the class.