Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019- Thursday, June 20, 2019

Location: South Fayette Intermediate School

Grades: 3-8

Facilitator: Katie Henry, BirdBrain Technologies

The Robot Petting Zoo (RPZ) program engages students and educators in friendly making, coding, and design with a creative twist on the traditional hackathon. During an RPZ Makeathon, student groups create animatronic animals while learning empathic design thinking, teamwork, and engineering using cardboard, robotics kits, code, and craft supplies. They then bring their animals together for a Robot Petting Zoo Showcase where the public, and especially young children, can interact with them. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to design, build and program a robot animal and organize a Makeathon. This session is especially relevant in that it allows students to take their programming skills from the virtual to the physical world as they program devices to meet specific tasks to bring their ideas to life.

Session 108: Robot Petting Zoo and Makeathon: Code, Create, and Design


  • How to use coding to create unique whimsical characters

  • An understanding of the connection between block-based programming and an external device

  • Ready to implement hummingbird to connect to all curriculum areas