The UKESF joins Digimakers with MicroBox project kit
The UKESF is taking part in a Digimakers event at the University of Bristol on Saturday 11th June that will see 300 children from across the South West engaging with practical electronics.
Digimakers organises free hands-on workshops for children (age 7–18), parents and educators, which offer the chance to get creative with electronics and computing. The events aim to inspire the next generation of engineers though a variety of technology-based activities and use accessible and affordable open-source tools, such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
The UKESF will be participating in the event by bringing along the MicroBox, an electronics project kit that fits inside a Tic Tac box. The kit was designed by Juergen Pintaske and has already been trialled with a number of Scouts groups at an IET event. Technical information about the MicroBox can be found here.
On 11th June, the UKESF will be facilitating five hour-long sessions for 6–10 children at a time. UKESF scholars will be on hand to help the children assemble the components in the MicroBox to produce a ‘Beating Heart’, using soldering irons and programming software, as well as encouraging them to consider developing their interest in Electronics through A-level or degree study.
The Digimakers event at the University of Bristol takes place from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 11th June. Families and educators can sign up to attend via the Digimakers website.