For Kids aged 7-13

A great 3 hour introductory robotics activity through which kids learn coding, electronics and about physical prototyping. Learn basic engineering and the design-thinking process in a hands on way and encourages them to learn by doing by using a combination of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and some craft materials to build a working electronic model of an animal that they’re inspired by.

The Short & Sweet
  • One-time 3 hour workshop
  • No prerequisites
  • Hummingbird Kit and craft materials provided for in-class use.

All you need to know

Human beings are generally curious and observant creatures and we have made so many wonderful innovations by looking to the natural world for inspiration; the first aviation designs, more than 100 years ago, looked to birds and bats to understand how flight works. So we guess you could say that Mother Nature is every engineer’s first go-to for inspiration.

 

Likewise, for this class, we’re looking to nature to speak to us – your kid will use a combination of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and some craft materials to build a working electronic model of an animal that they’re inspired by.

A cardboard hummingbird made from the Hummingbird Kit

 

The Hummingbird Robotics Kit allows students to create and program robots built from electronic components and craft materials.

Combined with a simple visual programming language like Scratch, Hummingbird is a great way to introduce kids to robotics and engineering with craft materials that they’re already familiar with.

 

A great way to be one with nature without having to be outdoors

Oh! The stuff you'll learn

Broken down into concepts for MAXIMUM learnin'
  • Design Thinking
  • Programming (input, output, logic & sequencing)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Mechanisms & Structures)
  • Electronics (simple circuits, LEDs & sensors)
  • Presentation Time

Life skills you'll learn

Skills that last a lifetime
Creative Confidence
Logical Thinking
Spatial Thinking

Pedagogy

Saturday Kids don't learn to code. They code to learn.

No lectures. No memorisation. No ONE right answer. Like real life, we're all about trying things out yourself, failing, figuring what went wrong & trying again. These are the skills & mindset that will last a lifetime and how we learn in real life. 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 a meaningful impact.

Parents love us

Children from our camp enjoyed themselves exploring and learning what the different animation tools could do for them. They were particularly excited to see their own creations come alive.

I've been meaning to write to you to let you know that my son loved his workshop with Saturday Kids in June and I will be enrolling my daughter too for the beginners course that you are doing in October

It is wonderful to hear their enthusiasm and excitement when they talk about their Scratch classes, the words epic and awesome are frequently used!

Your kid will love it.

If your kid doesn't think it's the best thing ever after the attending the first 2 days, we'll issue you a credit note for 50% of the course fee. No questions asked.

  • 1:6 Maximum Instructor-Student Ratio
  • All equipment & materials provided
  • Open source tools: Continue the learning at home!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. My child is new to programming. Will he / she be able to follow?

Absolutely! No programming background is required for this course.

 

2. My child is younger than 7. Can he / she join?

This course is for kids ages 7-13. If your child is still in preschool, we recommend the Curious Cubs camp which can be found on our schedule page.

3. 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. If your child is joining the full day camp, we recommend bringing packed lunches.