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Join us Summer 2020 every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10am AT for our X-Chem Live streaming videos on our YouTube channel. Our live streams will include a variety of STEM demonstrations and activities that you can do later at home. Live videos will include a moderated typed chat - signing into YouTube with a Google account is required in order to participate in the live chat, however it is not necessary to watch the live streams. Live videos will be saved on our YouTube channel for watching at a later time.
ACTIVITY KITS PROGRAM
NOTE: Coding Kits are now available for use from Sunday Nov 1st to Sunday Nov 15th. Register for kits below by Thursday Oct 29th!
We currently have a variety of coding activity kits for at-home STEM learning. Activity kits will require registration and will be made available with non-contact delivery by X-Chem staff. At this time, activity kits will only be available to those within a 15km radius of the Town of Antigonish. All kits will be prepared following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines set by StFX and Nova Scotia Health. Our COVID-19 safe operating procedure for our activity kit program can be found here.
Coding activity kits will contain X-Chem coding equipment that must be returned. Note: Participants must be at home at the time of delivery to ensure the kit is received!
BINARY CODE BRACELET OR KEYCHAIN ACTIVITY KITS
Recommended age level: 5+. This kit will teach the concept of binary code, which is the language computers use to read and process information. Learn about binary code by using UV beads and coloured beads to spell your child's initials in binary numbers. Choose between a bracelet or a keychain for your kit. UV beads appear to be white, but change colour when exposed to UV light. These kits are being offered for free.
To register for a binary code bracelet or keychain kit, please fill out this form. One form/child, please fill out for each child in your house wanting a kit.
BOTLEY THE CODING ROBOT ACTIVITY KITS
Recommended age level: 5-8 years old. These kits will the complete Botley set with the required AAA batteries and instructions. No other technology/equipment is required. Botley introduces coding in a fun, easy way and teaches the basics of coding through active play. Program Botley with the easy-to-use remote programmer and watch him follow your commands. Botley also introduces the concepts of loops and if/then logic. For more information view the Botley Activity Guide
To register for the 1 week use of a Botley, please fill out this form. Limit of 1 kit/household.
mTINY ROBOT ACTIVITY KITS
Recommended age level: 4-7 years old. These kits will include a mTiny Robot kit complete with robot, tap pen controller, USB charge cord, coding cards, map blocks, and instructions. No other technology is required. Note: The mTiny will come fully charged, however a USB charge block/device will be required if you wish to recharge. mTiny is an early education robot that "brings computer programming into children's real life, using coding cards and various themed map blocks to guide the child in exploring, perceiving, and creating through highly interactive, stimulating, and fun games". For more information visit https://www.makeblock.com/mtiny
To register for the use of a mTiny robot kit, please fill out this form. Limit of 1 kit/household.
OZOBOT ACTIVITY KITS
Recommended age level: 7-10 years old. These kits will include an Ozobot Bit robot, USB charge cord, Ozobot markers, and instructions. Note: The Ozobot will come fully charged, however a USB charge block/device will be required if you wish to recharge. Additionally, an iPad can be used with the Ozobot however it is not required. Ozobot is a small robot the blends the physical and digital worlds to teach kids programming. Ozobots identify and follow lines, colours, and codes on both physical and digital surfaces such as paper and an iPad.
To register for the use of an Ozobot kit, please fill out this form. Limit of 1 kit/household.
SPHERO MINI ACTIVITY KITS
Recommended age level: 7-10 years old. These kits will include a Sphero Mini, USB charge cord, small accessories kit, and instructions. Note: An Apple or Android tablet or phone is required, as well as a USB charge block or charging device. Sphero Mini is a small app-enabled robot the size of a ping pong ball. Use the drive, slingshot, and tilt options on the app to steer the Sphero Mini through obstacle courses as well as play games such as bowling, curling, and more.
To register for the use of a Sphero Mini kit, please fill out this form. Limit of 1 kit/household.
TURING TUMBLE ACTIVITY KITS
Recommended age level: 7+. These kits will include the complete Turing Tumble set along with instructions/activity book containing 60 easy to follow puzzles. No other technology/equipment is required. The goal of each puzzle is to build a computer that completes a particular objective. "Turing Tumble is a revolutionary new game where players build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It’s fun, addicting, and while you’re at it, you discover how computers work." For more information visit https://www.turingtumble.com/
To register for the 1 week use of a Turing Tumble, please fill out this form. Limit of 1 kit/household.
NOTE: Science Kits are currently unavailable!