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Highlights from the Kidz Go Tech 2 program

We held  a Kidz Go Tech program, season 2, in collaboration with the Safaricom Women in Tech team and Funkidz. This six week program was themed Nairobi 2050 – a futuristic approach to developing interactive tech projects that incorporated the use of robotics, programming and automation. This program was carried out using the new Kidz Go Tech comic developed by the design team at Funkidz.

Here are images of the the great work the kids came up with in the course of this six week program:

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Tech Kidz Club – 3-D Printing and Electronic Name Tag Assembly (Week 4)

With the 3D printer, we were able to print 3-D names for all the children with their help
With the 3D printer, we were able to print 3-D names for all the children with their help

Today, we spiced things up by incorporating one of the FabLab 3-D printer into our outreach schedule. By doing so, the children got a peek at the wonders that technology has to offer. With this machine, you can bring any 3-D miniature concept into reality.

The children enjoying a demonstration of the printer hard at work bringing a 3-D model cat to life
The children enjoying a demonstration of the printer hard at work bringing a 3-D model cat to life
Jeremy, Alex and Meryie learning how to make designs that will then be 3D printed.
Jeremy, Alex and Meryie learning how to make designs that will then be 3D printed.
Harris, Rohan, Jeremy, Meryie and Alex hard at work
Harris, Rohan, Jeremy, Meryie and Alex hard at work
Neema and Rohan enjoying their turn on the 3-D printer
Neema and Rohan enjoying their turn on the 3-D printer
Allan and Alex showing their dad what they've been up to.
Allan and Alex showing their dad what they’ve been up to.
Rohan, Allan, Jeremy and Sean coming up with ideas for a new model.
Rohan, Allan, Jeremy and Sean coming up with ideas for a new model.

Once the models were created, the children went into their usual groups and started off with scratch while the 3-D printer was hard at work. This week, the kids got down to understanding the Scratch program a little better.

Jeffrey helping Wangari out at her project
Jeffrey helping Wangari out at her Scratch project
Alex and Allan assisted by Val and Jill
Alex and Allan assisted by Val and Jill
Neema, Sean and Meryie assisted by Philip
Neema, Sean and Meryie being guided by Philip on their Scratch programming project
Samoire hard at work coming up with an advertisement on scratch while Michael takes Venessa through the basics
Samoire hard at work coming up with an advertisement on scratch while Michael takes Venessa through the basics

Before the children were able to present their projects, we all sat down and took a break.

Break Time. With some of the work behind us, we all sat down and chilled for a bit.
Break Time. With some of the work behind us, we all sat down and chilled for a bit.

We had a brief warm-up session to get them into high gear for their presentations.

A little warm up before the presentations
A little warm up before the presentations

They each presented their games and let the other kids take turns playing them. They joy they got from this is indescribable. With the 3-d printing done, the kids assembled into one group with manila paper, name tags, 3D printed names, copper tape, batteries and LED lights and all made their own customized name tags complete with flashing lights.

The National Hidden Talents Academy

In October 2010, the team went to the National Hidden Talents Academy in Dagoretti. This was the first school the FabLab Outreach team went to and our second time going to it.

While there, we taught PicoCricket to the Form 3 and 4 students, specifically those who were studyng Physics.  We explained to the students the different components of the PicoCricket, i.e.: the PicoCricket, the sensors (light, sound, resistor, touch), the motor and motor board, connectors, the beamer  and PicoBlocks the software.

Stefanie showing the students how to use the Lego and sensors from the Picocricket kit
Stefanie showing the students how to use the Lego and sensors from the Picocricket kit.
Members of the FabLab Outreach Team
Members of the FabLab Outreach Team

This was achieved by splitting the students into groups and having at least two outreach members supervise each group. The students then used the PicoCricket kit to make different items.

We were all pleased to see how enthusiastic the students were. They were really interested in what we were teaching them and we could tell that they really enjoyed it too!

High school students with a pump built using the Picocricket kit.
Juliet explaining the different STEM career options for high school students.