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:
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.
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.
Before the children were able to present their projects, we all sat down and took a break.
We had a brief warm-up session to get them into high gear for their 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.
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.
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!