Summer Youth: Robot Obstacle Course (Ages 10-14)

Youth, Tech Lab

Summer Youth: Robot Obstacle Course (Ages 10-14)

Learn to code a robot to finish an obstacle course and then create a new-and-improved one to challenge it.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/15/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/16/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/17/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/18/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, 7/15/2024 - Thur, 7/18/2024


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

Tech Lab

Electronics, Robotics


Learn how to code a robot called "the Finch" to complete an obstacle course. Then things get even more interesting!

You'll combine art and technology to make obstacles and booby traps to make the ultimate obstacle course, creating traps out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper. You'll bring them to life through coding, motors, sensors, and a variety of electronic components. Spike traps? Trash compactor? Your imagination is the limit!

Combining the HummingbirdBit robotics kits with the Finch robots, you'll explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using a block-coding app called Birdblox. Then you’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that you can use for your creations. 


  • Ages 10-14.
  • Skill level: Beginner. Coding or building experience is useful but not required.
  • You can bring your own computer (a Bluetooth-enabled tablet is best), or you can borrow one from BARN. When you register, choose "Use BARN Computer" or "Bring Computer from Home."
  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on (even though you'll be wearing a lab coat).
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Registration closes Monday, July 8, 2024.

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 youth.
  • Next time you register: You will be able to Search Registrants to select your youth.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from noon-1 pm for the duration of this activity.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.
  • Questions? Email


  • A $10 materials fee, included in the class price, covers the robotic kits and all the supplies you'll need.
  • The robotic kits will be available during class, and you'll return them to the instructor when class is finished.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

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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