Star Wars: The Programmer Awakens
Star Wars may be science fiction, but it's getting closer to real life in this workshop. The company Sphero has made a real-life version of the BB-8 droid from the movie, and there is software available to program it. The droid looks just like a miniature version of the movie droid in that it has a spherical body and a hemisphere-shaped head on top. In this workshop, we will be using block-based programming on a mobile app called Tickle to program the droid. The app connects to the BB-8 droid using Bluetooth, and it can tell the droid what to do from a program that the attendees will make. Using a series of activities that progress in difficulty, attendees will learn basic programming concepts like control structures, variables, and operators. They will program the BB-8 droid to do things like exploring, running from stormtroopers, and base infiltration. Overall, this workshop is a fun way to get kids engaged with programming while also letting them have fun.
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