Robotics Workshop:  Mars

Next date: 16th of December

at Imperial College, London. [map]

Kids learn how to hack a toy and make it into a robot!
"It's great to see a company that focuses on creativity and experimentation rather than textbooks and rigid teaching"
Emma 2017
"Very well organised; particularly good on communication answering all questions and email ahead of course. My kids had lots of fun! Definitely recommend"
Ines 2017

What to expect

  • A highly original robotics workshop for children aged 7-12.
  • Kids learn to code using the visual Crumble language.
  • Run by professional science educators: Dr Frank Ivins & Dr James Lambert.
  • No more than 5 children per tutor.
  • A dedicated page of robotics and coding activities for parents and kids after the workshop.
The Crumble robotics controller. Perfect for kids.

The Crumble robotics controller. Perfect for kids.

learn to code, learn to make

Children take robots apart to learn how they work. Then they build their own! Our activities encourage imaginative problem solving in a relaxed environment.

Everyone gets a fun introduction to coding to bring their personal creations to life. We use the Crumble micro-controller, no experience necessary.

Our robotics workshop is only the start of their journey. If you're keen to explore robotics at home with your child then for an extra £40 they can bring their creation home. Parents love this part!

"Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Inspired excited motivated... Such a high quality opportunity, with tutors that are truly good people"
Jussi 2017
Get ready to use your imagination with the Crumblebot programmable robot.

Hands-On Tech Learning

We're going to break things, fix them and rebuild them. Science should be messy. Tech should be imaginitive.

Our robotics workshops are designed to encourage experimentation and creativity.  We inspire children to become independent learners.

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

On your marks!

On your marks!

A Fun Approach to Coding

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

The crumble language is very similar to MIT's Scratch language which some kids may have already seen at school.

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

A, fun visual approach to coding with the crumble language.

A, fun visual approach to coding with the crumble language.

Who are we?

Inspired Minds was founded by Dr Frank Ivins and Dr James Lambert.

Frank, a biologist and James, a physicist have a real hunger for authentic science, the joy of exploring ideas with your hands, of learning by doing.

At Inspired Minds we think too much learning is done at a desk; studying science becomes about memorising definitions. At our workshops scientific concepts unfold in front of students naturally, giving children context and motivating the science they study at school.

Frank and James design their workshops to present students with hard, open-ended challenges and let them find their own solutions. Some challenges are technical: wire up a circuit, program the robot to follow a path, but we also set creative challenges: teach your robot to draw, paint and dance.

Dr James Lambert

Dr James Lambert

Dr Frank Ivins

Dr Frank Ivins


Q: What do I need to bring?

A: A packed lunch.

Q: What are the pickup/drop-off times?

A: 15 minutes before and after the workshops.

Q: How much coding experience is expected?

A: None at all. 

Q: What is included in the price?

A: If you choose to purchase the programming kit at checkout your child will return with a fully stocked robotics kit. Everything they need to get started with robotics and coding at home. Also included is a small radio controlled toy which will be taken apart during the workshop, they won't bring it home because it will be in pieces! Finally a comprehensive set of instructional videos and example files will be available online after the workshop so students and parents can explore robotics at home!

Q: What about food?

A: Please bring a packed lunch. We will supply water and light snacks but not lunch.

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. Coding. the children will learn to steer their creations through a variety of tasks.
  4. Engineering challenge! Students build add-ons to their robots to complete a challenge. Add arms, a scoop. whatever your imagination suggests.
  5. Home time.

Q: Are your tutors all DBS checked?

A: Absolutely.

Q: I have more questions.

A: Great! Drop us an email, tweet @inspiredtutors or call: 020 7193 6808