Saturdayland Free & Easy: Build Your Robot Reindeer with Strawbees!

Saturdayland Free & Easy: Build Your Robot Reindeer with Strawbees!

Limited winter workshops available! Click below to view locations and schedule.

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Format

One time workshop

Duration

2 hours

Age Group

7-14 (Grades 2-8)

Coding Level

Suitable for Beginners

English Level

Suitable for Beginners to Eiken Level 3

Course Summary

Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop, where you’ll build your very own robot reindeer that can run and light up! Learn about microcontrollers and servo motors, and see how even small changes in code can make a big difference to how your reindeer moves!

Along the way, we’ll learn English related to travel and speed: words like “fast” and “faster”, “slow” and “slower”, “smooth” and “bumpy”, and how these apply to different modes of transportation today!

Point

1

Build a Robot Reindeer that moves!

Who said coding and robotics have to be serious? Combine straws and connectors to make a 3D reindeer. Then attach the Quirkbot microcontroller and a servo motor with a moving leg to get your reindeer racing round the North Pole!

Point

2

Tinker and experiment for different outcomes

You’ve attached the servo motor and robot ‘leg’, but what happens if you change the angle and speed of movement? Can you make your reindeer go faster – or stop it from falling over? A great, hands-on introductory to basic physics, and to the fun of experimenting with code.

Point

3

Practice English in a fun, immersive environment

English is easy to pick up when you learn it in a relevant context! Learn from our friendly and supportive instructors, and use the day’s vocabulary to share your ideas and improve your project!

What You'll Learn

The road to being an expert programmer is long, but it can start out fun!

For kids (and parents) wondering what programming is about, this bite-sized 2 hour workshop is a great introduction to robotics and the power of programming.

Introductory robotics: create a 3D geometric creature based on nature!
Block-based programming: what does it look like, and how does it work?
Tangible programming: how does code control a robot’s movements?
The English of movement: words related to travel and speed

What You'll Create

In this beginner-friendly workshop, we’ll be building with Strawbees, voted “Forbes & Fast Company’s Educational Toy for Problem Solvers of the Future”. Think of how a reindeer’s body is built and how it moves, then use different shaped Strawbee connectors to snap together straws of various lengths to create your own Strawbees reindeer.

Then it’s time to get moving, by attaching a Quirkbot microcontroller and servo motor. See how the code controls the movements of the motor, then figure out the combination you need to make your reindeer go fast and forward!

We’ll also have time for creative experimentation. Decorate your robot with LED lights or art and craft accents… or take it apart to make a moving creature of your own imagination. The possibilities are endless!

*Note: Strawbees and Quirkbots are provided for in-workshop use only. For kids wishing to continue with Strawbees at home, a limited number of Strawbees Coding & Robotics Kits will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Sample Lesson Flow

Part

1

Warm-Up

  • Greetings

Part

2

Today's English

  • Introduction to this week’s target English through flashcards, videos and stories
  • Practice listening and speaking with level-specific worksheet

Part

3

Coding Time!

  • Introduction to this week’s coding concepts
  • Build, code and experiment!

Part

4

Wrap-Up

  • Review and sharing of this week’s coding and English
  • Creative exercise
  • Continue the learning at home, with videos and (optional) parent-child activities!

Instructor Voice

“Build Your Robot Reindeer with Strawbees is the winter version of one of our most popular introductory coding projects, in which students apply their creativity to create robots that walk, run, jump and more. Come join us for this very special Christmas workshop!”

Tsuyoshi Domoto, Country Manager

What Comes After

Make the most of your holidays! Build Your Robot Reindeer with Strawbees is one of our three specially themed winter workshops. Why not also join us for Help Santa Find His Way with Sphero! and Jingle Bell Jam Session with Electronic Circuits? Each 2-hour workshop covers different coding skills and English themes – create your own Christmas combination!

Keep the fun and learning going! Kids looking for more of our Coding x English classes can also join our Saturdayland: Build Your World with Coding and English program, consisting of regular weekly 90 minute classes. Build more complex robots with Strawbees, and learn the important concepts behind Scratch – the world’s most popular introductory coding language for kids. Later lessons in the Saturdayland series will cover micro:bit, creative computing, advanced Scratch… and much more!

Kids who graduate from the Saturdayland program will be:

  • Well versed in intermediate to advanced block-based programming
  • Familiar with the basics of electronics, robotics and making
  • Able to understand and speak English more naturally, at a level above their peers
  • A joyful English learner, seeing English as fun, easy to learn and relevant to everyday life