Tech Kidz Club Finale – Session 1(Week 6)

Some of the kids getting diving into the PicoCricket set
Marian taking some of the kids through the PicoCricket set

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.

Some of the kids building the airport security system equipped with metal detectors
Some of the kids building the airport security system equipped with metal detectors

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 metal detector in all its glory
Here’s a photo of the metal detector in all its glory

Here’s a photo of the main airport structure.

Airport Structure
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.

The kids making their paper planes from scratch
The kids making their paper planes from scratch
The kids got a chance to customize their planes
The kids got a chance to customize their planes

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.

Some of the FabLab members got to showcase other projects they're in
Some of the FabLab members got to showcase other projects they’re in

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.

The kids explaining the parts involved in the construction of the watchtower
The kids explaining the parts involved in the construction of the watchtower

Satisfied with their answers, the kids gave a quick demonstration of the revolving radar receiver on the watchtower.

Some kids showing off their awesome watchtower
Some kids showing off their awesome watchtower

The next group in line was the one that worked on the runway. Here’s a look at the finished product.

The cool landscape
The cool landing strip

The kids talked briefly on the LED lights, batteries, cardboard, coloured tape and copper tape used in the construction of the landing strip.

The kids explaining what their landing strip is made off
The kids explaining what their landing strip is made off

Here’s Bob Collymore and Mugo Kibati listening keenly to the kids as the go through the steps they took in its construction.

Some of the kids showing off their cool landing strip
Some of the kids showing off their cool landing strip

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:)

Some of the faces  that made this all possible
Some of the faces that made this all possible
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