The Scratch&Lego hackathon for kids took place in Poltava on October 7th, where the young developers have competed in setting-up and programming robots. Event was organised by BrainBasket Foundation and the school of robotics TechnoLab and gathered 30 kids, as well as their parents and teachers.
At the beginning of the event all participants have attended a workshop on setting-up and programming Lego-robots using a visual language Scratch. Later participants, divided into teams, received a task to set-up their own robot and program it to perform certain actions. Among the most interesting ideas were: the robot that extracts minerals, the garbage collector robot and the space-robot. The jury considered all the projects and nominated the winners in different categories. For example, the most fantastic project or the best presentation of the project.
Main goal of the event was to give kids an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge of programming in a practical use. In addition to programming knowledge, participants learned teamwork and meeting deadlines, like real programmers.
The event was held thanks to financial support of Meet and Code initiative. Anna Brukhno – the project coordinator of BrainBasket in Poltava – was the author of the project.
“We were surprised by the level of the projects, despite the fact that kids did not practice robotics before. It was also very interesting to observe how roles were divided in a team. For coming future we are planning to host a robotics festival with the support of the schools of robotics in Poltava.” says Anna Brukhno.