Following on the success of our Wired Cubes workshop, we have created a more ambitious version that will have kids creating electronic circuits capable of simulating a simple computer… out of paper!
We use many of the same fabrication techniques, so this workshop could very well be a follow up. The “magic” added to the cubes comes from transistors and capacitors, which will help us control how information is stored within our cubes. Yes, just like the memory in any computer, our cubes play the role of one BIT of information and many opportunities to understand computing derive from that analogy. But the journey has its own surprises and the kids will learn a couple of neat tricks that allow them to visualize how transistors work.
Towards the end of the workshop the kids are capable of using their own Magic Cubes to simulate simple computing processes and to demonstrate their proficiency in this area they will run a simple algorithm with their newly created computer.
This workshop is planned for 3 hours and is recommended for kids 10 to 14. Take a look at what Girls Learning Code had to say about our workshop: