-
155767 10100526693194631 558510731 n

invention

Cardboard Games Workshop

by Bogucki

Published on August 7, 2013

Purpose: 

Inspired by Caine's Arcade, team littleBits held a workshop to empower children in the community to make intricate, interactive games out of cardboard.

What is learned: 

Foundations of electricity, iterative design, problem solving

Workshop type:
Explore

Age Range: 
8-12

Facilitators:
2-4 individuals trained in workshop facilitation

Materials:
Cardboard Boxes
Glue Dots
Scissors
Pipe Cleaners
Styrofoam balls
Popsicle Sticks
Duct Tape
Elastic
Markers 
Plastic cups
Bells
String

Duration: 2 hours

How To Make It

STEP 1 : Learn about littleBits

Dedicate the first 10-15 minutes of the workshop to Bit education. Explain the various Bit functions and how to make different circuits. 

STEP 2 : Brainstorm and design

Love2

Set aside 15 minutes for the participants to sketch and plan their projects. During this time, workshop facilitators should circulate and make sure each child has a game plan. To help, ask the following questions: 

What type of game do you want to create?
What are the rules of the game?
Is it individual game or multi-player?
What materials do you need to create the game?

STEP 3 : Build

Angry2

During this 75-90 minute time period, the participants will design and test their games. Workshop participants should help with the testing and troubleshoot any issues. To help, ask the participants: 

How can you incorporate littleBits to make your game interactive (lights, motion, sound)?

How can you improve your game? (different materials, more people, circuit location, etc.) 

STEP 4 : Present

Rollit

It's game time! Dedicate the final minutes of the workshop to demonstrations. Allow each child to introduce their game and play it with fellow participants. 

Related Projects

Introducing littleBits

Students explore littleBits basics to build up their familiarity with the Bits and then engage in short rounds of mini-­chall...

Harry Potter Little Bits Lesson Challenge: Wizards, Witches & Wonders

Fourth graders are challenged to recreate their favorite Harry Potter scene or book cover and incorporate LittleBits to enhance th...

Soil Moisture Meter Project Using Microcontroller

Grove - Moisture Sensor : Basically grove moisture sensor is used to measure the moisture of soil . It also can be used as wat...