Marvelous Machines and Mechanisms (In Japanese)

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Course Format


(Holiday Camp @Nakameguro) 5 Days x 3 hours 15 minutes


16 hours

Age Group


Coding Level

Start with Scratch: Adventures in Time or equivalent block-based programming experience is recommended but not required.

English Level

None required


45,000 yen

Course Summary

This introduction to engineering, hardware and robotics is packed with hands-on activities to keep kids excited about learning! Taught in Japanese, this very hands on course will encourage kids to learn the engineering concepts that make everyday mechanisms function; then power up your robots with the Quirkbot!  First, join colourful reusable straws to learn about engineering and create basic 3D shapes, like a tetrahedron, cube, and more, using your creativity and resourcefulness to construct your own marvelous structures and mechanisms.

Then add in a Quirkbot into the mix – that’s a mini computer that’s small in size but HUGE in versatility! You’ll then apply your coding superpowers to program your robots using a block-based interface. And as you’ll see, the possibilities of what you can create are endless!

From fantastic lantern light shows…

To awesome robots – created by using a servo motor to power complex engineering mechanisms.

We’ll see you at the intersection of engineering and computer programming that is robotics.



Get a solid Introduction into the world of Engineering, Hardware & Robotics



Build on your knowledge of Scratch or other block-based programming languages



Integrate your coding superpowers with hardware to make learning and application of programming and engineering concepts tangible and awesome!

What You'll Learn

Learn through play using Strawbees – get hands on to learn about engineering concepts while having a blast! You’ll:

  • Practise building in 2D & 3D Shapes
  • Learn about structures & stability
  • Let loose with your imagination and creativity with free building

Incorporate tech into the mix with the Quirkbot – through tinkering you’ll discover the world of microcontrollers while also:

  • Understanding Inputs & Outputs
  • Deepening what you know of mechanical mechanisms
  • Controlling Servo Motors
  • Making your ideas come to life!

And of course, you’ll take away life skills that’ll serve you well on the adventure of life, including:

  • Creative confidence
  • Self-directed learning
  • Presentation skills

What You'll Create

You’ll apply your knowledge of robotics, engineering and code to create your very own mechanism made of straws, and powered by the Quirkbot!

Sample Lesson Flow



Introduction and ice-breakers, or a recap of the content covered on the previous day



Learn about new concepts in programming, explained by your instructor in engaging, interactive ways



Sandbox time! Students are put to the test to apply the concepts they’ve learned through fun challenges, like building their very own tech-powered creations. As part of this they go through the processes of planning, making, iteration, and sharing what they’ve made with their classmates and getting feedback from their instructors and peers.



To end off the lesson, students work on their individual projects that they’ll present to their parents, instructors will recap the day’s learning, or kids might take part in an interactive quiz to find out how much they’ve understood the day’s new learnings! Students are also encouraged to practice responsibility by packing up and cleaning up their work space.

“A machine is basically a bunch of moving parts put together. It’s about figuring out how each part works and then how to get them working all together. Your Strawbees structure is the same – you start with simple cubes and triangles, you put them all together to create a machine, and then you program the Quirkbot to get the parts to move.We want kids to be able to apply what they learnt in Scratch to something really fun that challenges their creativity and at the same time, has real-life applications. In this course, their creativity really is the limit.”

Shawn, Rocket Launcher and Marvelous Machines and Mechanisms Curriculum Developer

What Comes After

Next, they’ll love continuing the fun in Back to Basics: From Zeroes to Python Heroes, where they’ll continue their journey by building a solid foundation of hardware & software with Pi-top & Python!