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Circuit Playground Express Workshop

For Young Women* in Grades 7 – 9
*Participants who clearly identify as a woman in a way that is significant to them


When: May 27th, at 9.30 – 3.30pm
Where: Centre for Learning, Balmoral Hall School 630 Westminster Ave.
Cost: Free to Attend Registration Required
No Experience Needed

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This workshop is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of micro controller programming, allowing them to see how these devices can be used for all sorts of creative pursuits from building robots and games, to making interactive props and costumes.

We will be working with the Adafruit Industries Circuit Playground Express (CPX), exploring it’s many features and learning how to respond to sensors, and produce light and sound using the platforms python programming language, all in the context of creating games, toys, jewelery, and art.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn how to:
  • Write code in python
  • Upload programs to the CPX board •Debugging
  • Control the lights and speaker on the board.
  • React to touch sensors, buttons, and switches.

Time permitting, attendees may also learn how to:

  • Process inputs from the accelerometer
  • Communicate to a neighbours’s device wirelessly

Our instructor

Adrian Cheater is the co-founder and CTO of Complex Games Inc. A local game studio that has worked with entertainment giants such as Nickelodeon and Disney, as well as closer to home with clients such as the Winnipeg Zoo.

With computers she found a way to express herself through games, and more recently through incorporating electronics and fashion to create fun and unique pieces and costumes.

Adrian has a passion for teaching that stretches back to 1998, when she taught visual basic programming and half-life modding at Real Programming 4 Kids, and is excited to show people new ways to express themselves with technology.


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