If you live in Melbourne and you're looking for a way to keep the kids occupied, entertained and educated over the January holidays, you might want to check out "Invent the World", a series of workshops aimed at 7-13 year-olds involving Raspberry Pi programming, Minecraft and tabletop gaming.
The courses, which range from $175 to $450, start on January 13 and end January 29. Here's a breakdown of the four workshops available:
13 – 17 January 2014 & 20 – 23 January 2014 One of our most popular courses, Minecraft Challenge allows kids to explore the world of Minecraft in new and exciting ways. Kids will develop their planning and problem solving skills, through engineering based challenges that require them to work together. This is a four-day course, with an optional fifth day of supervised 'free play'.
20 – 23 January 2014 This course is designed to teach kids how to design and code their own video games. During the week, kids will learn how to use Scratch, an educational programming language, on Raspberry Pi computers, which are designed for teaching programming in schools. Students will be able to take the computer and their game code home at the end of the course.
13 – 17 January 2014 This course shows kids how to build, code and control their very own Lego robot. Over the week, kids will be taught about engineering, basic programming (using Raspberry Pi computers), and construction, all while learning to work as part of a team. This is a four-day course, with a fifth optional day of 'free play'.
28 – 29 January 2014 This course introduces the basics of tabletop role-playing games. We will help them create their own character, setting and stories, and will then play through the games as a group. Ideal for creative kids who are interested in making their own worlds and stories. It is a two-day course.
If you'd like more details, hit up the website below, which also includes booking and contact information.
Invent the World [Official site]