Robotic arms: Clutching at computational straws

I wanted to link computational thinking to tinkering with a low tech approach to explore artificial intelligence for children. Moreover, to support design thinking skills as we inspire the next generation of digital makers at Raspberry Jam and other maker events with projects sharing robotic arms and other AI examples. Construction-based activities with the clear focus on high tech progression…

Flying Ninja Catapult and other simple machines

We've been connecting ideas with straws to understand what a simple machine is and using design thinking to develop complex skills. With a maker kit of Strawbees to support innovations to solve real world problems, we first looked at creating a claw machine. That meant exploring perceptions about the fairness of arcade claws and how building, testing and refining…