Our First Camp!

For Hello World Campers, the last week of August was a whirlwind 4 days of making awesome stuff.

We had 10 very enthusiastic campers, aged 7-11. After we got to know each other a little bit on the first day, we jumped right in to website building. We had an exercise break with Heather from Personal Edge Training, then we started talking about robots.

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We were lucky to have borrowed a few Hummingbird Kits from our friends at the Brooklyn Robot Foundry, and everyone spent a few hours learning how to hook up the various inputs and outputs to the Hummingbird board. We wrapped up the day with a visit to a little company located just around the corner from Communitech.

 

We spent all day Tuesday at Kwartzlab, a most excellent makerspace in Kitchener. At Kwartzlab we worked on our robots, and each spent some time printing our names in 3D, and making awesome laser-cut signs. After our time making stuff at Kwartzlab, at least one camper wants his own laser cutter, and really, who can blame him!

Wednesday we were back at Communitech to talk about video games! We had a Google Hangout with William, a young video game developer in New York, then we hunkered down to create our own games using GameSalad. We finished the day with a fieldtrip to THEMUSEUM.

artbotFinally, we spent Thursday morning making Art Bots, tweaking our robots and games, and prepping for Show & Tell! Parents joined us in the afternoon to see our robots and video games in action, and we even showed them how we could play our games using bananas (yes, regular bananas).

girls-computerIt was an awesome week of exploring computers and making amazing stuff using technology, and we can’t wait to do it again!