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Activity Kits Program
We are currently working on providing 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. They will be available for 1 week at a time, and will require a refundable deposit of $60 (cheque or cash only) upon delivery. The deposit will be returned when the coding equipment is picked back up by X-Chem staff. Note: Participants must be at home at the time of delivery to ensure the kit is received!
Botley The Coding Robot Activity Kits
Recommended age level: 5-8 years old. These kits will include 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. Botley activity kits are delivered on Wednesdays.
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 1 week use of a Sphero Mini, please fill out this form. Limit of 1 kit/household. Sphero Mini activity kits are delivered on Thursdays.
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. Turing Tumble activity kits are delivered on Tuesdays.