For Kids aged 7-13

Build your own robot dinosaurs with robotics, code and electronics!

Using a Hummingbird Robotics Kit and craft materials, kids will use their imagination and skills to build an electronic dinosaur that interacts with its surroundings!

KEEPIN’ IT SHORT & SNAPPY

  • Familiarity with Scratch is recommended but not necessary
  • Design, engineer and build robotic animals from Scratch
  • Power hardware and electronics with code
  • Hummingbird Kit and craft materials provided for in-class use only.

All you need to know

Dinosaur lovers unite! Or should we say robot dinosaur lovers.

It’s not just about lots of strategic cutting and pasting to build the dinosaur, kids will have to figure out what they want their animals to do too. How will they get their T-Rex’s tiny arms to wave, or the Brontosaurus’ neck to extend up, or the Triceratops to move it’s mighty head when someone comes close to it?

 

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Use Scratch programming to control motors, motion sensors and other electronic parts. Then, watch your dinosaur come to life and interact with the world around it!

 

They’ll also combine that with engineering concepts and techniques like learning how to build a pulley system or a scissor linkage mechanism. Then it’s all about prototyping, seeing what went wrong and making improvements until they create the ULTIMATE robot dinosaur!

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Oh! The stuff you'll learn

Broken down into concepts for MAXIMUM learnin'
  • Introduction to the Hummingbird Kit (simple circuits, LEDs, servos and sensors)
  • Craft Engineering & Designing
  • Introduction to Animatronics
  • Understanding Mechanisms (camshafts, pulley systems) and replicating to mimic real movements
  • Coding and Debugging
  • Using Design Thinking to Prototype
  • Share & Present: On your last day, share with your parents what you’ve learnt!

Life skills you'll learn

Skills that last a lifetime
Design Thinking
Logical Thinking
Problem Solving
Systems 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 computers and programming. Will he / she be able to follow?

The Prehistoric Predators: The Wild World of Tech course is designed with the assumption that students have a basic understanding of of Scratch. However  if your child has absolutely no coding experience as all, no worries, your child will still be able to follow and keep up with the class.

 

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

Prehistoric Predators: The Wild World of Tech course is recommended for kids who are 7 and above. If your child is in preschool, we recommend our Curious Cubs or Tiny Techies 1 courses instead.

 

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. Can I bring home the Hummingbird Kit?

No. The Hummingbird Kit is provided for in-class use only. You may however purchase the Hummingbird Kit from us separately if you’re interested!

 

5. How’s Prehistoric Predators different from Build A Robo-pet?

This course is longer and delves much deeper into mechanical engineering concepts so you can build way cooler robot dinosaurs.