On October 25th, 2019, we went to the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. When we entered the main lobby we headed down the stairs and into what seemed like the catacombs of the building. After we finished unpacking and setting up, we were ready for the kids to come in.
For the workshop, we prepared two different activities, one for kids grade 1-3 and the other, grades 4 and up. For the younger kids, we prepared Lego WeDo sets, and for the older kids, we had Lego Mindstorm EV3 kits. Once the kids came in, Coach Ana introduced our team to them, and after getting to know each other, we moved into the activities. Lauryn was in charge of reception and photography for the event, David and Masiha worked with the younger kids, helping them with the instructions, and Matthew, Sarah, Lulu, Kyoungjoo, and Kieran worked with the older kids.
The activity for the older kids was more complex. they got to work with the Mindstorm kits. We pre-built the robot for them to work with, we introduced them to the programming software. We also taught them about how the motors work and how the robot could take different turns depending on the way that the robot was programmed. They were easy to teach and they learned a lot. We were impressed by their intuition, and their approach towards the completion of the activities we gave them. After we finished with the robots we gathered all the kids to conclude the session.
The kids had a lot of fun with the robots and we enjoyed working with them. After the kids left, we reviewed the successes of the class, and the ways in which we could improve our teaching abilities. Coach Ana also asked each of us what we enjoyed about the class, and how we could make the next CanCode event better.