From June 13 – June 14 2019, I facilitated an Introduction to Robotics workshop for children in a summer camp hosted by a church in Murfreesboro Tennessee.
We had about 60 participants with ages ranging from 6 -13 years old.
AIMS/GOALS: • Students learn enough to create something during the sessions • Students are interested enough to continue working with some of the tools after the camp.
FORMAT: We had sessions with about 10- 15 students. Each session lasted at least one hour. The approach was project based. and I followed an agenda inspired by the one hour agenda in the guide from the ScratchEd website: introductions (including everyone giving their names), an introduction to Scratch and the other tools, time working on projects and sharing, reflection on what was learnt and presenting options for continuing with Scratch after the session.
We had Scratch, Scratch Jr, Makey Makey and the Microbit. Children between 6 and 8 years old worked with Scratch Jr while the older children worked with Scratch, the Makey Makey kit and the Micro Bit Kit. The kids worked in teams of two or more and I provided a number of tutorials and each child had the opportunity to decide what they wanted to do or learn.
Pictures and a video from the workshop are shown below.
Some of our 5-7 year old participants showing off their ScratchJr Project
A participant testing the “when jumped” Microbit extension block in Scratch 3.0
A participant exploring the Makey Makey
All images and video used with permission.