9:00am - 10:30am (Ages: 6-9): Ozobots
1:00pm - 2:30pm (Ages: 10-13): Make a Virtual Pet in Scratch
Saturday, November 3rd
9:00am - 10:30am (Ages: 6-9): Algorithms Board Game
1:00pm - 2:30pm (Ages: 10-13): Arduino
Saturday, November 17th
9:00am - 10:30am (Ages: 6-9): Decoder Wheel
1:00pm - 2:30pm (Ages: 10-13): Game Making in Scratch
Saturday, December 8th
9:00am - 10:30am (Ages: 6-9): Binary Holiday Ornaments
1:00pm - 2:30pm (Ages: 10-13): Building a Webpage
Ozobots (Real World Field Relation: Programming & Robotics)
In this workshop, kids will play with Ozobots and learn how to tell them what to do using simplified block-coding. Ozobot EVO’s are small robots that have sensors to interact with its environment, lights, a speaker and social capabilities; they are suitable for a wide range of ages. Children will understand Ozobots unique way of seeing the visible wave light spectrum (i.e. colour) by working through a series of activities.
Make a Virtual Pet with Scratch (Real World Field Relation: Animation & Game Design)
This workshop is an introduction to the free software Scratch. Children will learn to use block coding to animate their own virtual pet. Block coding is a simplified programming language made of blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces.
Algorithms Board Game (Real World Field Relation: Algorithms and Planning)
This workshop is focused on learning the importance of using algorithms, or making a plan. Children will play a board game where they use predetermined instruction cards to direct their pawn to the treasure, avoiding obstacles and other players.
Arduino (Real World Field Relation: Engineering)
In this workshop, children will have the opportunity to build a simple circuit connected to an Arduino microcontroller and program it. Participants will use a mini breadboard, wires, resistors, LEDs, and an Arduino microcontroller board to code and command their LED light to blink. They will learn about the difference between digital and analog signals and then apply that knowledge to have their LED fade on and off.
Decoder Wheel (Real World Field Relation: Programming and Encryption)
In this workshop, kids will build their own secret message decoder! The purpose of this activity is to allow kids to gain a better understanding of how and why we use encryption in Computing Science.
Game Making in Scratch (Real World Field Relation: Game Design)
In this workshop, kids will learn to make the classic video game, Pong, using block coding in Scratch. Time permitting, kids will have a chance to create a game of their own and show it off to other workshop participants.
Binary Holiday Ornaments (Real World Field Relation: Programming)
This is a creative workshop that blends arts & crafts and computing science. Kids will use pipe cleaner and beads to write holiday themed messages in binary. This is a fun way to introduce the idea of computing science to younger children and is a perfect fit for a workshop nearing the holiday season!
Building a Webpage (Real World Field Relation: Web Design)
This workshop is an introduction to text-based coding using HTML and CSS - the next step from block-coding such as Scratch. This workshop will give students the skills required to build basic web pages, starting with the fundamentals of the HTML structure and working up to more advanced concepts working with CSS to create more visually-pleasing applications. Participants will learn how to open and view HTML files in their internet browser. We use a free text-editing software called Atom.