The linked workshop guide accompanies the professional development experience that Maker Ed provided to Young Makers mentors in March 2015.
In addition to Physical Computing concepts and content, the workshop and guide focused on facilitation approaches, ideas on working with youth of all ages, backgrounds, and skills, and on-site, hands-on experience with tools, materials, and peers.
A full inventory list of the supplies provided in the workshop are also included in the guide.
Professional Development Workshop for Young Makers mentors —
Physical Computing: Tinkering with Light, Sound, and Motion (9am to 2:30pm, Oakland, CA)
Physical Computing is an exciting and interactive connection between physical and digital worlds. In this workshop, you will gain comfort and experience with physical computing through the use of Trinkets, small and economical Arduino variants, and electronic prototyping. Join us, and tinker with basic electronic components. Peek inside and learn from simple projects and programming code examples, and tweak them to make your own. Practice soldering to create strong electrical connections. Collaborate to prototype and create original projects that dazzle (or frazzle) the senses and respond to the “real world” via light, sound and/or motion.
In conjunction with Lighthouse Community Charter School, Maker Ed will host this awesome opportunity and participants may opt to receive 10 sets of materials to help support young makers in similar explorations and tinkering! Supplies and lunch will be provided, though we request that participants bring their own laptop.