Summer Youth: Creative Robotics - Critters (Ages 10-14)

  • Monday, July 11, 2022
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 11, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Electronic and Technical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL071122CH-1
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  • $250 tuition + $40 materials fee
  • $250 tuition + $40 materials fee
  • $200 tuition + $40 materials fee
  • $200 tuition + $40 materials fee

    Registration will close on Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00 pm.

Registration is closed

Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students will be combining art and technology to make critters (real or imagined) 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 they 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. Then they’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations. They’ll be making music videos and clips with their lip-syncing characters that can then be shared with the world.

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 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 - 4 pm 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. 
  • Registration will close on Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00 pm.
  • 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 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
  • Please complete and return this minor permission form by July 6.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols
  • There is a materials fee of $40 included in the price of the class. 
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here. 
  • If you have any questions, please email BARN Youth Program Director Jess Henderson at

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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