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CardboardTronics and Soft Robotics with Microbit for DT educators

Learn about physical computing using the Microbit and using everyday materials to create interactive objects.

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Date and time:

Tue 17 May 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Victoria University of Wellington - Kelburn Campus, 6 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012 (Tumata Lab, Gate 7, Cotton 348, 3rd floor)

Tumata lab - Cotton 348, Gate 7


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CardboardTronics and Soft Robotics with Microbit for DT educators

Aimed at Year 7 - 10 educators, the workshop will cover aspects of programming the Microbit device, using Cardboard and soft materials to learn about robotics, AI and Machine Learning principles using a web based platform. No prior experience in coding is expected. Bring your own Microbit and a soft toy if you want to take your completed project home. All other materials will be provided. I will have some microbits to lend for the day. A chromebook/ laptop is welcome, else I have them too.

Schedule for the day:

9am: Introduction to Electronics, Simple Cardboard Circuits using recycled components.

10:30am:Short break (Tea/Coffee/Biscuits provided)

10:50am: Introduction to Microbit and addons needed to make circuits - Servos, Servo shields, Motors, Differences

12pm: Adding Design and Creativity, Using tools available online, keeping it simple yet sophisticated.

12:30-1pm: Lunch (Bring your own)

1pm: Putting it all together

2pm: Intro to AI/ML and Microbit using tools such as plushpal and edgeImpulse.

3pm: Presentation and Wrapup.


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Pravin Vaz

Outreach Coordinator - Engineering and Computer Science

Pravin is a Microbit Champion for 2022, working with international educators on building and developing modules and workshops for Microbit. He works closely with community to run outreach events for students and educators in robotics, AI/ML, computer science, game development and 3D printing. Read more on his blog at www.techteacherslog.net


Event starts. Health and safety briefing followed by workshop