Online Workshops

Robot Maker: Remote Control 1

Robot Maker: Remote Control 1


Online Physical Computing Workshop - Intermediate

Ideal Age: 9 - 11 Years  
Dates: Thursday 9th July

from 2:00pm - 4:00pm


To be able to participate in this workshop kids will need to have completed the animatronics workshop.

In addition to their robot, a second micro:bit is needed. 

Workshop fee Option 1: £23.00

  • including 2nd BBC micro:bit   

Workshop fee Option 2:  £10.00

  • for kids with a 2nd micro:bits


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Building on from the Animatronics workshop, children will further develop their code by including remote control as well as some more complex control of their servo motors. 

This workshop challenge provides opportunities to learn and practice:

  • Core fundamentals of programming taught at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 including:
    • Sequence
    • Iteration
    • Selection
    • Variables
  • Remote Control via Bluetooth Radio

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
  • Additional requirements:
    • Robot make from animatronics workshop (fully working with micro:bit attached)
    • A second micro:bit starter kit (we have stock of these available for purchase)

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 fine motor skills challenging, please ensure that an adult is involved for the first 60 minutes of each 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, kids will use a BBC micro:bit, in addition to their previously made CupBot with a micro:bit attached.  Your booking requirements depend on the kit you already have, most kids will have to book Option 1 as it is unusual for a child to have more than one micro:bit.   

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 radio communications
  • Explore the free programming platform used in the workshop to code the robot
  • Learn more about the fundamentals of programming
  • Build the code for their make
  • Develop their robot by adding remote control and more movements, which they can test and proudly share!

By the end of the workshop, kids will have a simple understanding of robotics, be familiar with the free online environment introduced in the workshop and have their own remotely controlled robot 'make'.

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

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