Tech Kidz Club – Scratch and Hover Craft Assembly (Week 3)

Introduction to Scratch made by Michelle, Shiku and Flora

Introduction to Scratch made by Michelle, Shiku and Flora for Rohan

This week’s session with the FunKidz Tech Club was on Scratch and a hover craft assembly. The session took place at the Safaricon Headquarters on Waiyaki Way.

We started off with a personalized introduction to Scratch based on the children’s ages.

Denis showing Alex the basics on Scratch
Denis showing Alex the basics on Scratch

For some of the younger kids that couldn’t work on scratch, a different lego and pico cricket session was set up.

A Pico Cricket/Lego Block session for the younger kids
A Pico Cricket/Lego Block session for the younger kids. Allan learning ropes with his mum and Flora
Allan showing us how it's done
Allan showing us how it’s done

Once they learnt the basic, the quickly took over and started creating animations straight out of their imagination.

Allan and Rohan creating their scratch video
Allan and Rohan creating their scratch video
Jeremy and Carlton working on their scratch video with the help of Philip
Jeremy and Carlton working on their scratch video with the help of Philip
Scratch Project
Wangari learning the ropes from Jeffery
Mweru and Joyce showing the girls how it's done
Mweru and Joyce showing the girls how it’s done
Scratch Projects
The kids are busy working on their scratch videos with the help of Philip and Lilian
Samoie working on his video with the help of Flora and Michael
Samoie working on his video with the help of Flora and Michael
Samoie working on his video
Samoie working on his video

After the video animations were made, we split into two groups and started working with the Pico Crickets.

A short pico-cricket group session
A short pico-cricket group session

This was followed with a short meal break to keep the energy levels up for some fun with science.

Mid session meal break
Mid session meal break

We got back to the Pico Cricket sets and the children continued making their individual projects which was anything from a car to houses.

Michelle going through the set with Alex, Allan and Rohan.
Michelle going through the set with Alex, Allan and Rohan.
A group photo of the Pico Cricket Session
A group photo of the Pico Cricket Session

Once we got the Pico Cricket out of the way, we carried on with the Hover Craft assembly. All you need to make one of your own is:

  • Old CDs
  • Duct Tape
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Super Glue

The CD holes were covered up with the tape . This was done by the children. A couple of tiny holes were then put into the tape by the instructors. The bottle tops were cut off and super-glued to the tops by the instructors as well. Once dry, a balloon was held on to the bottle top, filled with air and laid on the table. The set up would then hover over the surface due to the gradual air flow out of the balloon.

Roy attaching the CDs to the bottle tops for the hover crafts
Roy attaching the CDs to the bottle tops for the hover crafts
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