This Easter at the Imagination Lab, we’re focussing on creative coding with skills camps for children aged 7-12. Find out what we’ll be exploring and what events you can book.

Messing Around With Micro:bit

Each year as part of the Micro:bit challenge, children from all over the world are asked to design Micro:bit inventions that could make the world a better place. We always love to see what creative inventions children come up with, like Kathellen Lima’s ‘anti-trash buoy”, designed to keep the rivers in her hometown clean. Micro:bit, a tiny programmable computer, is an incredibly versatile tool, and can be used to code lights, sensors, sounds and more.

We’ll be exploring what Micro:bit can do at at Lab Liftoff: Robot Zoo. Children will get their creative thinking caps on to create personalised robot animals, which react to the environment around them. Book here.

Child holding robot invention

Life-hacks with LEGO

A life-hack is any idea that can make your day to day life easier. How about a robot that works as an electronic service maid or a Busy Bot that can pick up LEGO pieces after a mega making session? The first was invented by an American tech company and the other by one of our budding inventors at the Imagination Lab. Have a look at some of the other inventions children have built using LEGO Education WeDo Kits at the Lab – spot the busy bot and the robo-dog designed to make it’s owner happy!

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 kit carLEGO Education WeDo 2.0 kit wind turbineLEGO Education WeDo 2.0 KitLEGO Education WeDo 2.0 kit dog

At Lab Liftoff: Bricks & Code this Easter, we’ll be asking for more dream life hack inventions. Children will explore coding and robotics through LEGO building challenges to bring their ideas to life. Book here.

Using Nintendo As A Tool For Music Making

We love seeing bands using unusual tools to make their music – and Nintendo is a popular choice! Kraftwerk, a German band who are considered pioneers of electronic music, used a modified Nintendo Power Glove to control synths in the 90s and now Nintendo LABO is sparking musical imaginations. We love this video of Ariana Grande and The Roots on Jimmy Kimmel taking Nintendo LABO to the next level:

At Lab Liftoff: Game & Code, children can make their own musical instruments with Nintendo LABO design challenges and become master musicians, plus they can get hands-on with KANO sensor kits. Book here.

To see all our upcoming events, visit our what’s on page. We hope to see you at the Imagination Lab soon!

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