MicroPython 4 Kids is a computer coding workshop for children aged 11-16, during which they will complete a number of micro-controller programming projects using the popular Python language on the BBC Micro:bit. Each child that attends this course will take home their own BBC Micro:bit.
Kids aged 11-16 of all abilities are welcome, from beginners (who have never written a line of code) all the way through to kids who have prior coding experience. Children who have attended this workshop in the past can attend again if they enjoyed it the last time: we tailor the coding challenges to build upon topics covered in previous sessions (please indicate previous attendance in booking notes).
This is an all-inclusive workshop, with Spark4Kids providing everything from the software and hardware that the children will use, to lunch and healthy snacks – just drop your child off in the morning, and pick them up at the end of the fun-filled, workshop day.
On this practical workshop, children will be introduced to micro-controller programming, by writing Python code to control the MicroBit’s 25 individually-programmable LED’s and the 2 programmable buttons.
Specifically, attendees will create projects that take advantage of the MicroBit’s multiple sensors and communications features, and the coding challenges available for tackling include:
- Creating a rock, paper, scissors game (Push-buttons)
- Designing digital metronome (I/O pins)
- Playing music and tunes (Music and Sound FX)
- Creating Magic 8-Ball game (Accelerometer)
- Reading out Dalek poetry (Speech synthesis)
- Creating digital dice (Random)
- Sending/receiving morse code (Networking)
- Creating a digital compass (Compass)
- Reading/writing data files (Local Persistent File System)
The workshop is designed to keep the kids engaged throughout the day. There will be sufficient breaks to ensure that the children spend some time away from the computer and weather permitting, there will also be breaks outdoors.
The focus is on creating a fun and supportive environment in which children learn about various aspects of technology and coding.
Food and Snack Breaks
All children on all-day workshops will be offered lunch. Children may also bring in a packed lunch if they have special dietary requirements. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Children booked on the Extended Day option (not available on all workshops) will be offered breakfast on arrival.
Each workshop day will be punctuated with breaks to ensure that the children take time away from computers/computer coding. Short walks and trips outdoors will be taken, however this will be dependent on the weather.
We offer sibling discounts for families with more than one child enrolled with Spark4Kids. The discount is 10% off the second child’s fees and 5% off any additional sibling’s fees thereafter.
Children looking to have double sessions during term-time are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process, but only if all courses are included in the same shopping basket, and paid for at the same time.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:
- Busy Bees
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
To pay for a course fee using childcare vouchers, kindly select the course you want, add to basket, and then proceed to check-out by clicking “View Basket” (you may need access to your email account). At check-out, choose “Pay with Childcare Vouchers” as the payment option, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your booking (you will be emailed instructions for completing payment using your childcare providers website).
We also support the ability to split your course fee between childcare voucher payment and a standard debit/credit card payment. To do this, kindly get in touch using the contact details listed in the footer of this page.
To book a place on the MicroPython 4 Kids workshop, use the booking form alongside, or call us on 020 8090 1444 if you have any questions.