Coding With Robots Workshop
Based on the BBC micro:bit and Maqueen robot
This is a beginner workshop that is designed to teach children the basics of coding and programming of robots. It is based on the micro:bit programming device developed by the BBC. The students will be given an introduction to the popular Microsoft MakeCode and Python programming languages.
2 x half-day or full day,
max 40 students in a day,
contact us for bigger sessions.
Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form,
KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Get Creative with the microbit
- Code the LED display to show your name, smiley faces, flashlight sequences and more.
- Code to use the accelerometer and thermometer sensors.
- Code to build a compass
Code the Maqueen Robot
- Code to move the robot in patterns.
- Code an obstacle avoiding robot.
- - Primary school children will learn to use Microsoft Makecode.
- - Secondary School Children will learn to use MicroPython as well as Makecode.
Meet Out Robots
Typical Workshop Day
- Introduce children to the micro:bit programming device, how it works, and the lesson plan for the day.
- Give children an overview of different programming languages and introduce them to the Microsoft MakeCode block programme.
- Practical - Hand out the worksheet guide and take children through the different activities from coding the LEDs to using some of the sensors.
- Explain to children how we will control the robot's motion using voltage pulses, and how the distance sensor works to avoid obstacles.
- Practical - Code a simple programme to move the robot in a square. Then download, run and test the obstacle avoidance programme.
- Show children our home built robots which have various functions from facial recognition to Bluetooth control.
- Usually, we will reset the session and repeat it for another group of children on the same day. As with all our engagements, we will end the day with a street-dance performance.