Summer Youth: Creative Robotics (Ages 10-14)

  • Monday, July 12, 2021
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 12, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Electronic and Technical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL071221-2
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Full STEAM ahead!  In this class, we will be combining art and technology to make one-of-a-kind robots out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and bringing them to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components. 

The class will begin by introducing the robotics kits we will be using: micro:bit and the HummingbirdBit.  We will explore the different components, how to use them and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode and Snap. Then we’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for our creations. Students will then choose a theme (e.g. desert animals) and brainstorm, plan, draw, paint, and build their project around that theme. Creativity is encouraged!

This is an introductory class. No prior coding or building experience is necessary. To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during the class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week. Families will be invited for a socially-distanced sharing time from 3:30 - 4pm on the final day of the class to view and take photos of student creations.  

We recommend students bring their own devices, whether a laptop (PC or Mac), Chromebook, iPad or iPhone. If they don’t have one, we will have a limited number available to borrow during class.  Upon registration, please select 'Using BARN Computer' or 'Bringing Device From Home'.  

  • This class is for youth 10-14 years old.
  • To register your youth, please put in the "First Name" field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours). The email address you register with is where all reminders will be sent.
  • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1pm for the week of this class.
  • Please complete and return this minor permission form if BARN does not already have one on file for your child from a past class.
  • BARN will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Students and instructors will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of six feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick.  More details can be found here.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 

Instructor Bio:

Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. A recent transplant to the Olympic Peninsula, she is looking forward to sharing her love of nature, art, and technology. You can visit her website at:

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