So now you want to make yourself a robot?
The Mini Maker Faire at EdVenture
last Saturday was a blast, and we heard not a few kids asking how they could learn to make robots and motion-sensing automated Nerf guns and their own video games, among other things.
Well, they're in luck. This Saturday, June 15, is Cyber Saturday for middle schoolers and high school students at IT-ology
, a non-profit collaboration based in Columbia dedicated to creating and growing IT talent in South Carolina.
IT-ology holds a Cyber Saturday
every month, and every session is different. This month, middle schoolers (6th through 8th grades) will be making their own smart phone app and will watch a documentary on Watson, the famous computer program that won on Jeopardy against champion Ken Jennings.
In the session for high school students (9th through 12th graders), kids will participate in Codecademy, and will actually learn coding.
Past sessions have covered everything from video game development to 3D printing to robotics.
Wondering what you'll do as your kids have all this fun? A cyber-cafe with Wi-Fi and snacks will be set up for parents. And while some might like the idea of three quiet, uninterrupted hours to themselves (cough, cough, me), parents are also welcome to join the fun and get some hands-on IT experience themselves.
Cyber Saturday is June 15 at IT-ology, 1301 Gervais St., Suite 201, Columbia
. The middle school session is from 9 a.m. to noon. High school students meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants must register beforehand by clicking here
, because space is limited.