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

  • Monday, July 10, 2023
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 10, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code EL071023CH
  • 6


  • $280 Tuition + $2 Materials Fee
  • $220 Tuition+ $2 Materials Fee
Students learn to create and code their own robotic critter made out of cardboard, paint, and other common materials.

About this Class

Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students  combine art and technology to make critters (real or imagined) out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper. They bring them to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components. The class begins by introducing the robotics kits they will be using - micro:bit and Hummingbird Bit. We explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode. Then they learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations.


  • For students ages 10-14.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes on Wednesday, July 5.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
  • A materials fee of $2 is included in the price of the class, and all materials will be provided. Students may bring some of their own materials (see below).


    Students will create a critter out of cardboard and other common materials, paint it, and code it to move by adding motors, lights, and/or sensors.


        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.

        Students can bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth-enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN, but availability is limited. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that students not wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.



        Class Policies


        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. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at:  

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