Stretching Minds run fun and exciting workshops for children. Our robotics workshops use the latest LEGO®MINDSTORMS® technology.
They also deliver LEGO®WEDO workshops which is a fun way for younger children to learn to program and a great introduction to robotics. We have recently added Animation workshops which we are very excited about. We’ve had fun researching and selecting the software that is intuitive and we feel the children will enjoy bringing their creations to life.
All our workshops are designed and delivered by a fully qualified and experienced teacher, who has child protection training and an enhanced CRB certificate. We have full Public Liability insurance to £5m.
“We are planning our transition day for our new students for next year and I wanted to check your availability for 4th July which is when we are holding it. The students in year 7 still remember the workshop that you did last year and it was clear that they really enjoyed it.” - Mr Haroon Hussain, Vice Principal, Kings Science Academy, Bradford
All our workshops are cross curricular, the common theme is the use of ICT to deliver other curriculum areas. Our workshops are ideal for delivering the control part of the ICT curriculum. We provide all the equipment and for groups of 20 the children work in pairs.
All our workshops contain an element of Design Technology, Maths, ICT and Science
There are so many possibilities; here are just a few examples of our MINDSTORMS® workshops. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, then please contact us indicating which area of the curriculum you need to focus on and we will see if we can design a workshop for this.
■ Program a robot to display images, output sound, move, change speed and change direction (5 workshops per day)
■ Build a robot and program it to display images, output sound, move, change speed and change direction with an activity based on measurement and estimation (2 workshops per day)
■ Build a robot and program it to display images, output sound, move, change speed and change direction with an activity based on creating graphs (2 workshops per day)
■ Program a robot to display images, output sound, move, change speed and change direction with an activity based on measurement and estimation (3 workshops per day)
■ Program a robot to display images, output sound, move, change speed and change direction with an activity based on creating graphs(3 workshops per day)
■ The use of sensors can be added to the above workshops for year 5 and year 6 and as an extension activity for younger children
■ Build a robot that acts as a burglar alarm system and have fun building a house around it (2 workshops per day)
There are twelve WEDO® models that can be built, with the children following on screen instructions to build, then we will assist them with programming the models to move, react to sensors and make sound. Here are just a few examples:■ build a goal keeper then use paper balls to try to score a goal
■ build a boat that rocks and reacts to a sensor
■ build a aeroplane with a moving propeller that changes, outputs sound when it reacts to the tilt sensor
The idea of our Animation workshops is that you choose a topic that you would like to use Stop Motion video animation for and we facilitate this with our equipment and animation teaching. Here are some examples:
■ Science – Seed Germination and growth
■ Art – Clay Modelling (school provides clay and expertise in modelling the clay)
■ Maths – Hundred square patterns
■ Brickmation - Using LEGO to animate various topics in the curriculum
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