Our first LEGO Mindstorms workshop began yesterday for kids in 4th and 5th grade!
This workshop will run for 6 weeks, going until Wednesday, April 5. We began with an Hour of Code, where we did some block programming to develop a Minecraft game. This gave the kids an opportunity to learn some basics about more advanced computer programming than we did in the LEGO WeDo workshops. Now we're prepared to tackle the computer programming for Mindstorms robots!
After we did a bunch of coding, we pulled out a Mindstorms kit and worked as a team to start putting together a simple machine. We will dive much more into this next week at our second session.
We had a great group, but there are still a few open spaces in this workshop. If your 4th or 5th grade child is interested, you can still register! Sessions run on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm, now through April 5. Register online here, or call or stop in to the library if you want more information.
Also, we only had time to do one Hour of Code computer programming activity. There are tons more that kids can do! Kids who participated yesterday may be interested in trying some more, or kids who are interested in signing up for the rest of the workshops can try what we did yesterday from home. Check it out at https://studio.code.org/ (psst: we did the Minecraft activity!).
I didn’t take a ton of pictures this time, but here are a few that I managed to snap:
Watching an introduction video to the Minecraft coding activity.
Creating code to control characters in the Minecraft world.
By the end, we were coding our Minecraft characters to do some pretty ridiculous things. It was tons of fun!