Technical Workshop for kids in Madrid: An introduction to electricity, electronics and robotics.

Our kids are living in an age when they have the tools to bring their ideas to life like never before, and I think we must expose them to this tools and technologies.

During the last week I have been conducting a workshop for elementary school kids, on the topic of electricity, electronics and robotics.

The purpose is having fun learning about science with this cool activities. Enjoy interactive activities helps kids understand the amazing world of electricity and digital technology.

The workshop was open to registered kids between 8 and 12 years, and we invited them to group up in teams of 2 people.

I am so happy to see kids experimenting with electronics and micro-controllers, and have had similar experiences in the past, so I was in charge of designing the contents and conduct the experience.

My approach is basically to introduce them some concepts, make some practical experiments about it, and immediately apply the contents building some thing.
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I’d like to share you a first week (two days) brief description:


Day 1

During the first day, we covered the following topics:

  • Security rules
  • AC / DC
  • Voltage  v.s. current
  • Measuring electricity: polymeter
  • Wiring batteries in series and parallel

Materials:

  • 9v battery
  • Snap on 9V (9 Volt) Battery Clip Connector
  • 12v small bulb
  • small bulb holder
  • Some wire
  • 2 solder lugs (hole diameter: 3 mm)
  • 2 banana plugs

Tools:

  • Different types of batteries
  • polymeter
  • wire cutting plier
  • flat nose plier
  • soldering iron / solder
  • switch
  • push button

Practices:

  • Simple 9 Volt lantern circuit  (battery – bulb – switch)
  • “Simple memory game machine ” – core module

Day  2

During the second day, we covered the following topics:

  • Soldering skill: Teach kids the basics of soldering and let them experiment for themselves, using a soldering iron. Children can work by themselves or in pairs, depending on numbers.
  • Basic electronics circuit diagrams

Materials:

  • clear self-adhesive film
  • M3x10 screws & M3 nuts
  • 2 solder lugs (hole diameter: 3 mm)
  • two face adhesive tape
  • some wire

Prerequisites:

  • To have built the “Simple memory game machine ” – core module  (first day’s practice).
  • To have printed an image with several  areas to memorize, and the related  areas name’s list (it could be a map, body’s parts, vocabulary flash cards, etc.)

Tools:

  • soldering iron / solder
  • screw driver
  • flat nose plier
  • Dremel style mini rotary drill

Practices:

  • “Simple memory game machine ” – first interchangeable board

We will continue next week, and we’ll keep you informed about next sessions.

¿Are you working with kids on any electronics projects? If so, or you’re interested in receiving more information, please post them in the comments so we can write about it! Thank you very much!

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