Sometimes, with the emphasis on STEM education, the potential for creativity in making gets a bit lost in the mix.
This outline is for a small group workshop with children/families (ages 8+) that focuses on creativity and active learning while introducing learners to creative computing, basic circuits and even some computational thinking concepts by stealth.
During the workshop, learners are introduced to programming with Scratch, Makey Makey and basic circuit creation. They are then able to work on their own project (in pairs or with parents) using the materials and the software and hardware devices available.
The guide has some suggested initial projects but learners can also be encouraged to create or remix a project of their choosing. This can be an interactive story, a game or anything else that appeals to them.
If you have a mixture of new Scratch users and more experienced users, you can user different starter projects.
Demonstrate a basic circuit using LittleBits or Paper Circuits and discuss the different parts and how the circuit works.
Ask learners to identify what the input and output is for their computer, tablet or other devices available.
This is also a good time to introduce the concept of conductivity.
Set the task for participants to complete either with parents or in small groups.
Your challenge if you should choose to accept it is to work together to create your own Makey Makey controller that you can use with your Scratch project. This can be created using any of the available conductive materials.
Let learners know how they can continue their project and what they can next do either on their own or at future library events.
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