Code & Invent with Micro:bit Block Editor, [Ages 7-9], 4 Jul - 29 Aug (Wed 4:30PM) @ Thomson
Learn to code with code blocks & invent actual gadgets with your own micro-computer!
How does a traffic light know when to turn green? By the end of this course, kids are not only introduced to important programming concepts via a visual programming interface that's easy to pick up, they will also understand how everyday objects are a mix of both hardware & software & go on to create their very own inventions. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Keepin' it Short & Snappy
For kids ages 7-9
8 weeks 2h/week (16 hours in total)
Coding + Hands-On
Start with Scratch recommended
Visual coding interface: Perfect for younger kids
Continue the Learning: Take home your micro:bit
Please note: With 22 Aug being a public holiday, class will be extended by a week.
"My kids had a blast & came home armed with knowledge & information which they were excited to share with us." - Joanne, Parent
This is a BBC micro:bit.
It's a "pocket-sized micro-computer" designed by BBC for computer education in the UK that allows kids to create super cool inventions.
Kids are introduced to an easy to use block editor, to create their own...
Message Display - S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y-K-I-D-S!
Electronic Sheep Counter!
A Handheld Game that times how fast your reaction is!
Kids learn not only to code, but to apply their new found programming superpowers on a variety of real world projects. This all culminates in an unstructured problem solving case where, with a'lil creativity & good ol' elbow grease, kids help their teacher design & invent solutions to solve common problems a teacher always faces.
Oh! The Stuff you'll learn!
What's a micro:bit & Block Editor
Understanding & Flashing the micro:bit
Repetition & Sequences to display your digital pattern
This way up! Sensing with the accelerometer
Variables: Store & keep the score
Game & Music Blocks
Create your own projects
Share & Present!
Life Skills Learnt
No lectures. No memorisation. No ONE right answer. Like real life, we're all about trying things out, failing, figuring what went wrong & trying again. These are the skills & mindset that will last a lifetime. Let's get kids to learn how to learn.
Because the kids who learn to learn become curious, inventive, resourceful human beings who solve real world problems to make meaningful impact.
Parents love us
"...and for the first time he is not running to play other people's creations but his own... I am absolutely delighted in the 'mindset' change in my son's attitude." - Emma, Parent
"Thank you for a wonderful and exciting enrichment program that is so much more than academics.. it's fun but for me as a mum, an important future skill set for my son."- Rachel, Parent
Got more questions on this course of awesomeness?
Read our FAQ section below!
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. My child is new to computers & programming. Will he/she be able to follow?
The micro:bit Block Editor is perfect for beginners because the visual interface helps kids to understand programming concepts without the hassle and distraction of typing & learning the “right words” to type.
2. My child is younger than 7. Can he/she join?
The micro:bit with Block Editor workshop is recommended for 7-13 year olds. If your child is below 7, please check out Tiny Techies (with BeeBot and Scratch Junior).
3. My child is in the range of ages 10-13. Should he/she join the microPython or Block Editor workshops?
If your child is completely new to programming or is not proficient in the use of the keyboard, we recommend Block Editor as it would ease him/her into the idea of programming. If your child is confident in using the keyboard to type code, microPython.
4. I’ve enrolled my child, what will he/she need to bring?
We’ll provide all equipment and materials, but you may want to bring a jacket and light snacks in case he/she gets hungry.
5. Will my child be able to bring his / her projects home?
You’ll get to take home your micro:bit essentials kit (which includes a micro:bit, microB USB cable for power/programming and 2 x AAA battery holder for mobile power). You can also take home your code files so that you can re-load your projects onto your micro:bit once you’re home! There’s a tonne of stuff you can build with your micro:bit, stuff you can find around the house and your creativity! We’ll be doing some projects in class where we’ll use additional components and materials - e.g. the micro:bit car. If you want to take home your micro:bit car kit, ask the teacher at the end of class and you can purchase a kit on the last day.
Some kids like to take their code home every day, in which case you can bring a thumb drive to save your projects. But it’s not essential, as we’ll email you your code files at the end of the course.
This workshop will proceed with a minimum of 4 tickets sold. We will inform you in advance if the workshop is cancelled. Refunds will be made accordingly. Unless otherwise notified, the workshop will go ahead.
We will be filming and taking photographs of the children in our workshop. By registering a child's attendance at this workshop, parents/guardians grant Saturday Kids a perpetual licence to use the student's work, photographs or videos of the student, and other materials for purposes such as publicising or promoting our workshops/events and the students’ accomplishments on Saturday Kids' website or on our partners' websites.
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