For Kids aged 11-14
An introduction to the DIY movement & the art of Making with micro:bit & Python.
Making is the art of using tools to tell a story about what you see needs to be made & how to improve the world around you. Be introduced to the art of Making & tinkering through learning the micro:bit, a small but powerful computer. Combine it with your Python programming skills in this introduction to Making, to create your invention and tell your story.
KEEPIN’ IT SHORT & SNAPPY
- For ages 11 to 14
- An introduction to the DIY movement & Making
- Build on your Python skills and apply it to a physical context of microcontrollers & electronics
- Combine both programming & electronics to invent your tools
- Debug & Ideate to build confidence in designing your own programs
- Bring back your micro:bit, accessories sold separately
- Requires Back to Basics: From Zeroes to Python Heroes
All you need to know
Get hands on & be introduced to the Maker movement and the art of making with the micro:bit, a tiny computer that’s small in size but HUGE in what it can do.
Build on the python skills you already have and learn how to program and control the micro:bit. Learn to debug and resolve errors through deliberate debugging exercises.
Use the micro:bit’s built-in radio to send messages wirelessly. Then learn to extend the what the micro:bit can do with additional add ons like LEDs, an OLED screen, sensors & more!
To cap it off, combine your knowledge of Python, the micro:bit and an ideation & planning framework to create your own micro:bit project.
Oh! The stuff you'll learn
Broken down into concepts for MAXIMUM learnin'
- Introduction to microcontrollers & micro:bit
- Displaying images, animations on the display
- Buttons & inputs
- Tracking motion & gestures with the Accelerometer
- Extending the micro:bit with breakout boards
- Programmable LED displays with NeoPixel
- Use Radio to communicate between microbits
- More inputs with OLEDs & Potentiometers
- Deliberate debugging & ideation process
- Design & prototype your maker project!
Life skills you'll learn
Skills that last a lifetime
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 attending the first 2 days of holiday camps (or first 3 weeks of term classes), and would like to withdraw, we'll issue you a 50% credit note of the amount paid.
- 1:6 Maximum Instructor-Student Ratio
- All equipment & materials provided
- Open source tools: Continue the learning at home!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My child has not taken Back to Basics: From Zeroes to Python Heroes. Can he/she join this course?
It is highly recommended that the child has prior background in Python programming as this course has been designed with that in mind.
2. My child is younger than 11, can he/she join this course?
It is recommended that your child try their hand at one of our courses that is aimed at 7 to 10 age band. If you feel your child, younger than 11, has had enough experience with Python programming, do write in to [email protected]
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.
4. What can my child bring home after the course?
The BBC micro:bit is included in the price of the course & your child will bring back a micro:bit set (1x USB, 1x micro:bit, 1x Battery Case, 2x AAA batteries). Accessories like the breakout board, LEDs, OLEDs are sold separately.
5. What is deliberate debugging?
Debugging refers to the act of resolving errors in your code. At Saturday Kids, we go through deliberate debugging exercises with our students so they have the ability and confidence to resolve errors in their own programs.