Some months ago I joined an organization called Future Legends in Berlin whose aim is to teach girls aged 6-10 about technology, be it programming, physical interphases, body language and confidence. The objective is to help close the gender gap in technology for the next generation. We want more women in tech!
Yesterday I co-tutored in the first session, we teached the girls some basic electronic principles: what is a motor, what is a battery, what is a closed circuit, and how we can put all these principles together to make an art robot. A robot that draws with its marker legs.
They also got to decorate their robots using googly eyes and markers. This way we showed them that technology is also fun and open for creativity. It can also be used to do arty stuff.
Here are some pictures of this great experience:
And here two videos of the little bots in action:
Some of the bots were so balanced that they drawed like spyrographs. It was so cool, took me back to when I was a kid. I got very excited.
If you are in Berlin bring your daughters to the workshops, they are for free!
You can find all the info at the Future Legends Facebook page.