Exploration, creation and fun were the main experiences from the three rounds of the half-day workshop "Ready for the 21st century with Computational Thinking" for children of age 9 – 12 years.
Through daily examples and hands-on work, the workshop was an interactive introduction about the core concepts of Computational Thinking to the children. The young people enthusiastically were able to apply – individually or in a team – these concepts in the context of the task “Design a robot to pack a lunch box” by first developing the concept solution on paper and then building a prototype with basic materials – paper, adhesive tape and construction toys. In addition to the knowledge, the young explorers practiced competences, such as creativity, cooperation and critical thinking, in order to find a solution. The learning journey was closed by the participants presenting their unique results to their family, and self-reflecting on the workshop experiences. We all enjoyed the entertaining interaction with our special guest - the Pepper robot.
Our insights from the workshop have been summarized in the following article.
MANY THANKS to:
- all participants for their enthusiasm, motivation and creativity that made the workshops very inspiring and insightful.
- the family members for their involvement and the positive reactions during and after the workshops.
- the MindLabs people – Petra van Dijk, Jitske Goeijers and Frank Hermans – for the strong support in organizing and promoting the workshops.