Robots, drones, virtual reality and more!

In collaboration with Western BACE, we’re hosting one big week of technology with low-cost workshops this school holidays. Kids aged between 3 to 15 will have the opportunity to play with a host of new technologies predicted to become the norm by the time they enter adulthood and the workforce, including 3D printing, drone flying and robotics, just to name a few.

Sessions encourage play, problem solving and using technology to create. Plus, who can deny the fun in printing a 3D object?

“It’s about demonstrating how technology works and learning the connection between hardware and software,” says Mark Corrie, CEO of Western BACE. “It’s active, not just sitting in front of a screen or app.”

With multiple sessions containing myriad technologies, it can be a little overwhelming to understand what’s happening where. To help nut it out, here’s a breakdown of the kinds of technologies kids can expect to get their hands on as part of the program.

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality

Using the Microsoft HoloLens, kids will experience a ‘mixed reality’ where digital holograms come to life in the real world. The virtual reality (VR) headset transports users to a different, virtual world altogether.

Available in the following sessions: Family Fun with Tech, Technology Taster, Drone Day ‘Taster’, Learn to Code a Drone, STEAM day – power things with code

Sphero robot

The Sphero is a robotic toy contained in a smooth plastic sphere. The Sphero ball is controlled via a smartphone or tablet and can also be used as a controller for apps on the device. At the Technology Taster sessions, kids will be invited to partake in the Sphero Challenge – navigating the ball around an obstacle course using either a controller or code.

Available in the following sessions: Family Fun with Tech, Technology Taster

Creating electronic circuits with Littlebits Maker Set

Filled with simple electronic building blocks, these little technology kits encourage kids to be inventive. Equipped with interchangeable components, Littlebits allow kids to have a go at creating their own electronic circuit.

Available in the following sessions: Family Fun with Tech, Technology Taster

Ozobots robot

Ozobots are miniature, dome-shaped robots that follow lines drawn on paper or on digital screens. They can be programmed using pen, paper and colour codes or using block-based coding. Kids will learn how to control the robot using these different methods and have the opportunity to get creative, designing mazes for the Ozobot.

Available in the following sessions: Family Fun with Tech, Intro to Tech for PreSchoolers

 

3D printer

You might already be familiar with this exciting technology. 3D printers build 3D objects in various materials to precise specs. Here, kids will experience and learn exactly how they work.

Available in the following sessions: Technology Taster, STEAM day – power things with code

Tello Drone

This small remote-controlled flying device is controlled by an app or coding program. In the Drone Day session, kids will learn how to safely fly the Tello Drone using an iPad and also get to test out different flight modes to try aerial tricks and stunts. The Learn to Code a Drone sessions will teach participants how to code and problem solve using the drone programming software to complete set challenges.

Available in the following sessions: Drone Day ‘Taster’, Learn to Code a Drone

Code-a-pillar, early learning coding tool

Code-a-pillar is a cute robotic caterpillar that teaches pre-school aged children the basics of computer programming. The Code-a-pillar is made up of segments that can be rearranged to change its movements.

Available in the following sessions: Intro to Tech for PreSchoolers

Cubetto, early learning coding tool

Cubetto is a brightly coloured toy robot that teaches computer programming through hands-on play, without the need for screens. Using blocks and a control board, kids can control the movements of the Cubetto robot.

Available in the following sessions: Intro to Tech for PreSchoolers

Micro:bit

The micro:bit is a tiny handheld device that can be programmed in multiple, exciting ways. The micro:bit features programmable buttons that can be used to control games, motion detectors, and a digital compass that can be used to create interactive programs. The tool will develop children’s understanding of coding and build on problem solving skills.

Available in the following sessions: STEAM day – power things with code

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