4 sessions starting on Jan 7
What You'll Do:
Make stuff. Learn to code. Have fun. In this class, you’ll join Maker Camp host and real-life educator, Sandy Roberts, as we explore, craft, and create together using the micro:bit.
The micro:bit by the BBC is an easy-to-code, inexpensive microcontroller designed to introduce kids to physical computing. By using Microsoft MakeCode, young coders can transform the micro:bit into a myriad of devices from game controllers to secret message senders, robots to weather stations. With tons of technology nestled into a board smaller than a credit card, the micro:bit provides many avenues for discovery and invention. In this workshop, we’ll build four different hands-on projects that explore a wide variety of applications for the micro:bit. Class size is limited!
Projects will include:
Hack-a-Badge – Learn the basics of micro:bit as you design your own unique name badge, perfect for any budding mad scientist or secret agent. We’ll start with simple things like creating a badge animation and flashing your name. Then we’ll discover how to send secret messages to others. Finally, we’ll customize our badges to report important data like the temperature, the direction you’re headed, how fast you’re moving, and more. Finish off your creation by wiring the microbit to your custom created badge front piece and show it off to the world!
Set-a-Trap – Protect your lab (or bedroom) with a sneaky set of traps and alarms designed to keep pesky parents and annoying siblings away from your stuff! We’ll start with a clever door alarm and then move on to more complex designs: a light-sensitive alarm and a pressure-sensitive alarm. We’ll even learn to design our own melodic alarm music. With these techy tools, you’ll never need to worry about being spied on again!
Build-a-Bot – Every mad scientist needs a monster robot to be his minion (and BFF)! So let’s build and code a bot of our own using the micro:bit and some junk from around the house! With this project, you’ll learn about some simple machines as you prototype and test your creation. Then go wild with the art supplies and give your bot some character!
Smack-a-S’more – Smack-a-S’more is the inventive take on “Whack a Mole” that puts both your crafting creativity and coding skills to use. We’ll start by making your own plushy S’more character out of upcycled materials. Then we’ll learn MS Code for the micro:bit to code a game that can be played by one or many. So get silly. Get hands-on. And get smart with this fantastic STEAM project!
A kit is required for this program:
What You'll Need:
- A BBC micro:bit, with Micro USB cable, 6 inches end to end
- 2 × AAA battery holder
- 2 × AAA batteries (make sure they are fresh)
- Maker tape or ¼” copper tape with conductive adhesive
- 4 crocodile clip leads
- 3 Crocodile clips to pigtail cables
- Buzzer, amplified speaker or headphones
- 1 micro servo 9g SG90
- Craft knife or cardboard cutter (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Leftover corrugated cardboard
- Dark brown craft foam sheet, preferably extra thick (6 millimeters)
- Child’s white sock
- Fiberfill, either cotton or polyester, or torn up upcycled fabric or rags
- Adhesive foam squares
- Permanent markers
- Craft glue/glue stick
- White thread
- Cardstock or chipboard
- Tape (masking, duct tape, and/or packing tape)
- Markers, stickers, art supplies
- Aluminum foil
About your Facilitator:
Show and Tell (Presentation or Demonstration)
Sandy Roberts has been a certified STEM educator for over 13 years. She shares her love of science, engineering, technology, and maker activities through her business, Kaleidoscope Enrichment, as a host for Maker Camp, as Makerspace Coordinator for the Warren County Library System, and as the author of The Big Book of Maker Camp Projects. As a scientist, a teacher, and a mom, she loves to learn with her students as they create and innovate.