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Robotics Workshop:  Mars Rovers


An inspiring introduction to robotics for Your Kids!

Dates: 6th September 2017
Duration:  5 Hours (including lunch break)
Place:  Helen Sinclair's House, 99 Marsh Ln, NW7 4LE


  • 5 hours of pure creativity.
  • Option for kids to take home their robot!
  • Led by professional educators: Dr Frank Ivins & Dr James Lambert.
  • Learning, inspiration and fun!
  • A dedicated page of activities for parents and kids after the workshop.
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What to Expect

Children take robots apart to learn how they work. Then they build their own! 

Everyone gets a fun introduction to coding to bring their personal creations to life.

Our workshop is only the start of the journey.  Your boys have the option to take their robotic creations home and continue to learn and explore.  Parents love this part!

These carefully crafted workshops are full of hands-on, fun activities. We spark a child's enthusiasm for building (and breaking!) things and solving puzzles.

No coding experience needed. Children learn the basics of programming with a visual language for the wonderful Crumble controller. 

We start the day by creating awesome name tags and getting to know with a few games and playing with a few super fun digital gadgets and toys.

Next, the hackathon!  We teardown radio controlled cars and reanimate them using our engineering and coding skills.  This phase usually takes us up to lunch and sets the kids up for the Crumble Bot challenges (pic below).  This bot is a simple yet versatile bit of kit.  It's packed with programmable addons like multi-color LED's, black line sensors, and light detectors.  The Crumble Bot is simple enough to dive straight in but can be extended to challenge even the most expert of your little coders!

A day of fun, creative challenges

A day of fun, creative challenges


Hands-on Learning

We're going to break things, fix them and rebuild them. Learning can and should be messy.

Our workshops are designed to encourage experimentation and creativity, we want to inspire children to be independent learners.

We have a dedicated activities page so that parents can explore coding and robotics with their kids after the workshop. 

A fun approach to coding

We introduce students to the Crumble's visual programming language. It's a great way to pick up the fundamentals without getting lost in details.

The crumble language is very similar to sketch which some children may have already seen.

Playful coding is a wonderful activity parents can enjoy with their children.


Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Just something to eat.  We provide laptops and all the necessary equipment.

Q: What level of coding experience is expected of students?

A: None at all. This workshop is for children who are new to coding but love making things. 

Q: What is included in the price?

A: Everything -- we'll bring all the kit! Also included is a small radio controlled toy which will be taken apart during the workshop (they will destroy it and they will love it!). Finally, a comprehensive set of instructional videos and example files will be available after the workshop so students and parents can explore robotics at home!

Q: What about food?

A: Bring a packed lunch.  We will take between 30-45 minutes for a break and a bite to eat about half way into the workshop.

Q: What is the format for the day?

A: We don't want to ruin the surprise, but if you must know:

  1. A full teardown of a radio controlled toy. Finishing with students reassembling them and bringing them to life with a robotic controller chip.
  2. Break
  3. Assembly of their own robot kit.
  4. Coding. The children will learn to steer their creations through a variety of tasks and challenges.
  5. Home time.

This short list belies a packed day.  Everyone is exhausted by the end!

Q: Are your tutors all DBS checked?

A: Absolutely.

Q: I have more questions.

A: Great! Drop us an email.