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On Air Sign Maker

Maker: On Air Sign

 Online Physical Computing Workshop - Beginner

 20200611 111658sm2
Ideal Age: 9 - 11 Years
Dates: Thursday 9th July from 9:30am - 12:00pm
   
Price:

This workshop requires the Workshop Kit 

Workshop Fee and Kit Option 1: £42.00

  • including 2 micro:bits and 2 sets of U Can Too NeoPixel Strips  

Workshop Fee and Kit Option 2:  £29.00

  • including 1 micro:bit and 2 sets of U Can Too NeoPixel Strips (for kids with their own micro:bit, or no remote control)

Workshop Fee and Kit Option 3:  £16.00

  • including NeoPixels and workshop fee only (for kids with 2 micro:bits or 1 micro:bit, but no remote control function)
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Description

Children will have a great time building their own On Air sign whilst learning how to control multi-coloured lights and remotely control their make via bluetooth with a second mirco:bit. The micro:bits can be programmed to create a range of fun and colourful results for their signs, which children can the use. 

This workshop challenge provides opportunities to learn and practice:

  • Maker Skills
  • Electronics
  • Core fundamentals of programming taught at Key Stage 2 including:
    • Sequence
    • Iteration
    • Selection
    • Variables

What will young participants need?

1 laptop with a power supply or a desktop computer:

  • With either a built-in or external webcam and a microphone
  • With a high-speed internet connection
  • At a table with space around to work
  • Earphones or a headset are recommended, except when parents are joining to support
  • Workshop Kit:
    • A micro:bit starter kit (we have stock of these available for purchase included in Workshop Kit 1)
    • A 2nd microbit (included in Workshop Kit 1)
    • 2 x sets of U Can Too NeoPixels (included in all workshop kits)
    • Sign Parts (included in all workshop kits)
    • Note: workshop kit 2 only provides 1 micro:bit for children who already have a micro:bit or accept that they will not be able to remotely control their make.  Workshop kit 3 is for children who already have 2 micro:bits, or for those with 1 micro:bit who accept that they will not be able to remotely control their make.
  •  Materials:
    • Sellotape
    • BluTack
    • Scissors

Description

Kids will create a sign that can light up to display when they are on a video call, with the addition of a second micro:bit the sign can be remotely controlled.  Once the sign has been put together, kids will create code that makes their lights flash to signal On Air and Video On.

After the workshop creative kids can go on to create their own templates for the light up sign, making it display whatever message they choose.  They will also have the skills needed to be able to tinker with their code to program more interesting light outputs if they want to.

 

Will an adult need to accompany their child?

We ask that an adult remains present in the room.  This request is with child safeguarding in mind. 

This also means if your child runs into difficulties, there will be an adult on hand to support.

The adult doesn't have to take part in the session and could easily be sitting nearby achieving other tasks.

If your child finds following instructions challenging, please ensure that an adult is involved for the first 45 minutes of the workshop.

How will the workshop be run?

We will use a paid-for Zoom account which will be invitation only and will be locked once all participants have arrived.  The workshop will be delivered by our experienced Enhanced DBS certified workshop facilitator.  The Zoom invitation will be sent to you before the workshop with instructions on how to join.

 

What kit is needed for the workshop?

During the workshop, children will use the BBC micro:bit and some specially created NeoPixel strips to control lights, a second micro:bit will allow children to control their lights without having to open the sign.  Your booking requirements depend on the kit you already have, we have 3 different options available:

Option 1 - For children who don't have their own micro:bit and would like the remote control function.  This kit includes 2 x BBC micro:bits and 2 U Can Too NeoPixel strips, which have croc lead attachments built in.  The sign parts and the workshop fee are also included

Option 2 - For children who have their own micro:bit and would like the remote control function OR for children who don't have their own micro:bit and accept that they won't have remote control of their make. This kit includes 1 x BBC micro:bit and 2 x U Can Too NeoPixel strips, which have croc lead attachments built in.  The sign parts and the workshop fee are also included.

Option 3 - For children who already have 2 x BBC micro:bits OR they have 1 BBC micro:bit and accept that they won't have remote control of their make. NO micro:bits are included in this kit.  This kit includes 2 x U Can Too NeoPixel strips, which have croc lead attachments built in.  The sign parts and the workshop fee are also included.

Can you tell me more about the workshop itself?

This workshop uses a free online programming environment which allows the workshop facilitator to efficiently support your child whilst coding.

During the workshop, our workshop facilitator will welcome the group and introduce how to use video communication software as a member of a group and share the expectations.

After the initial introduction, we will begin teaching kids to code, moving on to the workshop itself where kids will:

  • Find out about circuits and simple electronics
  • Connect the parts for their make
  • Explore the free programming platform used in the workshop to code the sign
  • Learn about the fundamentals of programming
  • Build the code for their make
  • Create their own light up sign with remote control, which they can use and proudly share!

By the end of the workshop, kids will have a simple understanding of electronics and programming, be familiar with the free online environment introduced in the workshop and have a working light up sign that they can further build on.

Equipment used in this workshop can be used in other U Can Too workshops.

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