Summer Youth: Creative Robotics - Lip-Syncing (Ages 10-14)

Tech Lab, Youth

Summer Youth: Creative Robotics - Lip-Syncing (Ages 10-14)

Students create characters out of cardboard and paint, add motors and sensors, and code them to synchronize to their voice.

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/17/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/18/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/19/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/20/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, 7/17/2023 - Thur, 7/20/2023

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All Levels, Youth Ages 10-12, Class, Summer Youth, Youth Ages 12-14

Tech Lab



Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students will be combining art and technology to make characters that will move their mouths to lip-sync to music or words thanks to a sound sensor.

The robots will be built out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and brought to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components. They’ll be making their creations sing, tell silly jokes, and and more and we'll make videos that can then be shared with the world.

The class will begin by introducing the robotics kits they will be using: micro:bit and the HummingbirdBit. We will explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode. Then they’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations.


  • For students ages 10-14.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration will close for this class on Wednesday, July 12th.
  • A materials fee of $2 is included in the price of the class.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your child. The email address on their account must be unique. 
    •  The next time you register your child, you will be able to Search Registrants to select them.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth  for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.


Students will decide on a character, build it out of cardboard and paint, and add motors and sensors. Then they will add code to make their creation sync to their voices and they'll be able to record videos of their creations singing, making terrible jokes, and more.


    To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week.

    Students can bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN,but they are of limited availability. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that they don't wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.



    Class Policies

    • If you have any questions,┬áplease email BARN Youth Program Coordinator, Sarah Jones at

    Instructors or Guides

    Cecilia Olivera-Hillway

    Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at:

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