Online MicroPython 4 Kids is a half-day online 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 a BBC Micro:bit simulator. All the code that is written on the simulator is downloadable and runs on a physical Micro:bit without modifications (a physical Micro:bit is not a requirement to attend this course).
Attendees of all abilities are welcome, from beginners (who have never written a line of code) all the way through to experienced coders. Those 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 workshops (please indicate previous attendance/experience in booking notes).
This is an all-inclusive workshop, with Spark4Kids providing all the course material and tuition.
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)
All attendees will also be provided with their own online account and coding environment, where they will be able to continue computer coding in their own time, and at their own pace, after the workshop has ended.
The workshop is designed to keep the kids engaged during the sessions, and while the focus is on creating a fun and supportive environment in which children learn about various aspects of technology and coding, there will be sufficient breaks to ensure that the children spend some time away from the computer.
The online version of this course is attended remotely over the internet, hosted in an online classroom that has a similar feature-set to popular platforms such as Discord, Zoom and Skype. In addition, we provide attendees with pre-course training material, as well as ongoing training so that they are able to make the most of the online course whilst they are in attendance.
Features of our online classroom include video presentation, chat, whiteboards, and shared screens and all interactions are moderated as well as recorded and available for later playback. We follow the UK government’s guidance on cyber-bullying, and operate a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-social behaviour online.
We offer sibling discounts for families with more than one child enrolled with Spark4Kids. A discount of 10% is automatically deducted from the second child’s fees.
For term-time bookings, children looking to have double sessions during term-time are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session. For workshop bookings, children who are booked on a second workshop also attract a 10% discount on the second workshop.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process if all courses are included in the same shopping basket and paid for at the same time. They do not apply if sessions for siblings or other multiple sessions are booked and paid for in separate transactions.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:
- New! Childcare Grants
- New! UK Government Tax-Free Credit vouchers (via Childcare Choices)
- Bravo Benefits (formerly Busy Bees)
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- My Family Care
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
To pay for a course using childcare vouchers, 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 prompts to complete your booking (you will be emailed Spark4Kids voucher payment details in order for you to complete payment via your childcare providers website).
We can also accept a fee payment that is split between a childcare voucher payment and a standard debit/credit card payment (e.g. if your remaining childcare voucher balance isn’t enough to cover the course fee). To do this, kindly get in touch using the contact details listed in the footer of this page.
The system requirements below only apply if your child is attending the online, remotely accessible version of this course.
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- Hardware: Desktop computer, microphone and speakers (or headset with mic), mouse and keyboard, a fast internet connection. A physical Micro:Bit micro-controller is not required but optional
- Operating System: Windows, Mac, Chromebook
- License: None
- Memory: n/a
- Disk Space: n/a
- Processor: n/a
To find out what your computers’ technical specifications are, kindly use the links below:
Our online classroom software requires minimum internet speeds of 5 Mbps for upload and 15 Mbps for download. The vast majority of broadband providers’ packages will exceed these speeds. To test the speed of your broadband click the link below:
To book a place on the Online MicroPython 4 Kids workshop, use the booking form alongside, or call us on 020 8090 1444 if you have any questions.