Summer Youth: Creative Robotics - Lip-Syncing (Ages 10-14)

  • Monday, July 17, 2023
  • Thursday, July 20, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 17, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 20, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, Class Code EL071723CH1
  • 6


  • $280 Tuition + $2 Materials Fee
  • $220 Tuition + $2 Materials Fee
Students create characters out of cardboard and paint, add motors and sensors, and code them to synchronize to their voice.

About this Class

Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students will be combining art and technology to make characters that will move their mouths to lip-sync to music or words thanks to a sound sensor.

The robots will be built out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and brought to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components. They’ll be making their creations sing, tell silly jokes, and and more and we'll make videos that can then be shared with the world.

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.


  • For students ages 10-14.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration will close for this class on Wednesday, July 12th.
  • 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.


  • Students will decide on a character, build it out of cardboard and paint, and add motors and sensors. Then they will add code to make their creation sync to their voices and they'll be able to record videos of their creations singing, making terrible jokes, and more.


    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 they are of limited availability. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that they don't wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.



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    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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