Last week Uli, Johannes, Andreas and I went to the Otto-von-Taube-Gymnasium in Gauting (near Munich) where 40 teachers from different Bavarian schools had a full-day conference. In the morning Minecraft and afternoons our turn was to talk about the Calliope. This was not just to explain what the Calliope is, it was also to show how we have used the STEAM concept in our previous workshops with children.
At first we showed and explained the Calliope with its sensors and actuators. Afterwards we demonstrated small examples to illustrate the possibilities of the Calliope. These were a water level sensor, my cherry game and a cookie box alarm. With the cookie box alarm, the Calliope is put into a cookie box and as soon as light falls on it it triggers an alarm. He beeps and at the same time a second Calliope is notified.
Due to technical difficulties we could not start hacking immediately, so that only one of the usual two to three hours was available. But we hadn’t planned a whole day either, so in the end it was enough for them to get an overview of the IDE, write a first program and develop a first idea with two to three (teacher) colleagues. The following show and tell round was, due to the short time, only a tell round, where each group presented their idea.
For us it was a very successful day where we were able to share our knowledge and experience so that other kids could get in touch with Calliope and STEAM.