From zero to Robot Programmer within a day!

As a part of Microsoft’s global youth initiative, YouthSpark, Make It Creative developed a custom one-day program for 70 youth in Fukuoka and Kamasishi. Students learnt the fundamentals of coding, and then put their newly acquired skills to use by programing a robot to navigate a series of obstacle courses.

The day also featured a panel discussion with invited entrepreneurs sharing their experience of harnessing the power of IT for a better world.

Program overview: Flow of the day

Hour of Code

Session 1:

Students learnt the fundamentals of programming with this self-guided one-hour exercise based on the popular computer game Minecraft.

Panel Discussion

Session 2:
Panel Discussion

Our panel discussions were an opportunity for students to meet entrepreneurs in the field of IT, from these working in major corporations to start-up founders, and hear first hand of the opportunities programming knowledge can provide.

Code your sphero

Session 3:
Robot Challenge

Students put into practice the programming skills they acquired in session 1, controling the movements of a spherical robot, Sphero, who was then entered to compete in a SpherOlympics challenge!

Robot Demo

Session 4:

At the end of the day participants had the opportunity to reflect upon what they had learnt, and think about their next steps in the field of programming.

Our Venues

FUKUOKA: Momochi Palace

ももち Palace

KAMAISHI: Kamaishi Pit

Kamaishi Pit

Our partners

Our thanks to all of those who played a part in making these workshops possible.

Microsoft Japan

Microsoft YouthSpark
Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative to increase access for all youth to learn computer science, empowering them to achieve more for themselves, their families and their communities.

Three years ago, Microsoft launched YouthSpark, a cross-company initiative that created educational, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for more than 300 million youth around the world. To achieve this goal, they work in partnership with governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Learn more about Microsoft YouthSpark here.

Fukuoka: NPO Career Support Net Okinawa

Founded in 2006 in Okinawa, NPO Career Support Net Okinawa supports youth through education and career development support.
Learn more on their website here.

Kamaishi: Rias NPO Support Center

Founded in 2003 in Kamaishi, Tohoku, the organization works with individuals, communities groups and businesses to create a better world for all generations.
Learn more on their website here.