The Bakken Museum offers kids chance to explore amazing devices called Arduinos on Saturday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Sanna
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Saturday, the Bakken Museum is offering kids and kids-at-heart a chance to explore and hack little devices that are kick-starting innovation around the country. To kick of Computer Science Week at the museum, guests are invited to come to the Volta classroom on Dec. 15 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet something called an Arduino micro-controller, a smart computer chip that can be programed to do a lot of strange and amazing things. Guests will get to try their hands at programming LEGO robots to navigate a maze using sensors, and generally take their first steps towards learning to take over the world. All activities are free with the cost of admission. For example: earlier this year, Southwest Minneapolis resident Zach Supalla and a …
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