Today was the final session of the six week Fun Kidz Tech Club collaboration with FabLab outreach. As with all good things, we wanted to finish it off with a bang and that we did. The kids started streaming to Safaricom HQ 2 in from 9 a.m. and by 10 a.m, after a few games to get them energized, we separated them into five groups and started off with a brief recap of the PicoCricket and its components (above). With that out of the way, we dove right into today’s theme, an airport. Each group was given a part of the airport to recreate. These were an airplane, a watchtower, a runway, a metal detector, the main airport building and a security perimeter.
Here is the group of children tasked with making the metal detectors. They used a resistor to confirm the presence of metal, and once the metal was detected, they programmed the lights to turn from green to red and the sound box to sound an alarm. Below is a photo of the set-up with the grey wires connected to the resister used as the interface to test for metal resistance.
Here’s a photo of the main airport structure.
Once the kids finished with their particular tasks, they went on a snack break. Shortly after, we were on to the next task, building a paper plane. We divided the kids into two groups with all the necessary materials. Below is Tony taking one of the groups through all the necessary steps.
As the kids played with their paper planes, some of the FabLab members got to showcase some of the projects they have outside of outreach. This was in the presence of Bob Collymore, Mugo Kibati and other guests. Roy Ombatti’s project is on leveraging 3-D printing technology in the fight against jiggers in Kenya. This involves manufacture of customized and medicated 3-D printed shoes as those ailing from the jigger menace have deformed feet and cannot wear regular shoes. Marian Muthui presented on behalf of her team on their project on transforming the interior cabin of an airplane using bamboo. the other members of the team are Alex Njira, Karl Heinz and Tony Mugita. the bamboo in their project will be specially designed so that a honeycomb structure of bamboo is sandwiched between laminated bamboo panels. Tony Mugita made a presentation on a mini-buggy project that is currently under development in industrial area.
After the project presentations, the guests got a chance to see what the kids had been up to all day. Below we have Bob Collymore and Mugo Kibati getting responses from the kids on what their watchtower was made off and how it operates.
Satisfied with their answers, the kids gave a quick demonstration of the revolving radar receiver on the watchtower.
The next group in line was the one that worked on the runway. Here’s a look at the finished product.
The kids talked briefly on the LED lights, batteries, cardboard, coloured tape and copper tape used in the construction of the landing strip.
Here’s Bob Collymore and Mugo Kibati listening keenly to the kids as the go through the steps they took in its construction.
After a few parting words and a closing ceremony filled with cake and snacks, we ended the session on a high note. We can’t wait to for the next one:)