Workshops – Physical Computing for Children (8 – 12 years) and Parents

23/09/2015 11:39

A special workshop for children ( 8 to 12 years old) accompanied by their parents, grandparents, uncles or older siblings …

A practical programming workshop in which children enter the world of computing learning how to program to make a living robot: it blinks , moves its arms and feel when someone approaches. Children , along with an adult of their family, will learn fundamental programming concepts using SCRATCH, a graphical programming language developed at the MIT Media Lab to control the hardware ( Arduino Nano ) on the SCRATCHBOARD.

O requisito para a realização da oficina neste nível iniciante é que a criança deve, obrigatoriamente, estar acompanhada por um adulto. Por limitações de espaço físico, pode ser feito uma inscrição somente para um adulto e uma criança.

The only requirement for the workshop at this beginner level is that the child must necessarily be accompanied by an adult. No programming knowledge is required. SCRATCH is a free software and can be used online or downloaded at:

The workshop will be held at a computer lab with computers available for all participants. Thus , it is not necessary to bring personal computers.

You can also find more information (in Portuguese) or about our research.

The workshop is free – result of projects supported by the Google Rise Award and MCTI / CNPq in partnership with the IFSC and atto/dualsystem.

Interested? New workshops in 2016 will be announced via our mailinglist and our Facebook group.

More information:

Gresse von Wangenheim, C. et al. Design and Experiences with Teaching Physical Computing in Family Workshops. Technical Report INCoD/GQS.04.2015.E, Brazilian Institute for Digital Convergence, Informatics and Statistics Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis/Brazil, 2015.