The Reach And Teach Experience

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It happens every day. A parent and child will be walking past or walking into the shop and something will catch their eyes. "What's THAT?" We're always happy to show how everything in our shop works, including some of our electronics and motorized K'Nex products. When a kid shows real interest, a parent or grandparent is likely to ask "Do you do workshops with this stuff?" Now, the answer is yes! 

Introducing the Reach And Teach Experience 

During the 2019 Summer break, Reach And Teach is offering an exciting opportunity for youth to have a Reach And Teach tech experience! We're offering two workshops, each one and a half hours long, where kids will learn how to build incredible and fun tech gadgets combining K'Nex and electronics. At the end of each session the participant will walk away with a complete kit with which they can work on dozens of other projects. 

NO technical experience is required. The instructor will provide step by step guidance on each part of the project, teaching about the components and how they fit together to make each project, while also instilling knowledge about how these components can be and are used for countless other devices.  

Rather than simply learning to follow instructions, our intention is to spark creativity with attendees being able to say "Wait... if it can do that, then I could do this other thing if I just......" 

The workshops are led by Derrick Kikuchi, who started tinkering with computers when he was 10 and launched his technology career with Hewlett-Parkard when he was 17. He has worked in technology for over 40 years, including leading one of Silicon Valley's earliest e-Learning companies, WKMN Training. Today his dream is to help young people become creators of technology, rather than simply being consumers.

Reservations and advance payments are required and there will only be THREE youth participants (ages 8 and up) per session. See the links below to sign up for the dates/workshops we've scheduled so far.

Workshop Descriptions

Build And Program K'Nex Android Phone Controlled "Bobble" Car

In this workshop, you will learn how to make a K'nex Bobble Remote Control Car. It is so named because the code you will be using for this project is open source software Reach And Teach developed called "Bobble" which runs on an Arduino (microcomputer) board and responds to easy one letter commands to control one motor, one servo, and one analog input from an attached sensor. 

Participants will learn how to build the car, wire the electronics, program the arduino and control it all using various sensors and from any Android tablet or phone. (Participant must bring his or her own Android device.)

Walkaway Kit Includes:
  • Adafruit mRF52832 Bluefruit LE Board (Arduino w/Bluetooth)
  • K'Nex Motor
  • Breadboard and Wiring
  • K'Nex Parts  

Cost: $135 per youth (parent may observe at no charge). Attendee leaves with $85 worth of components for additional projects.

WHEN: Friday July 26th at 3pm. Click here to reserve a seat.


Build Computer Control Electronic Circuit Kit, TRONX, and Moving K'Nex Model

In this workshop we will combine the Tronex 72+ Science Workshop with a solid state relay chip and the Adafruit Circuit Playground Arduino to build a computer controlled motorized K'Nex machines.

The Adafruit Circuit Playground is an Arduino (microcomputer) with all sorts of sensors, digital and analog inputs and outputs, switches, and colored LEDs. The included RTPLAYGROUND software makes it easy to prototype a number of different type of projects using this board without having to write code.

The Tronex 72+ mega science workshop combines more than 72 exciting educational experiments that teach realistic concepts of electronics and electricity. Kids will interact with light control, magnetic control, sound control, and touch control. Activities include connecting to AM/FM radio, music sound, color filter, LED light, and many more. This kit is smartly designed so that the main circuit board unit has all the relevant electronic components included. All you have to do is simply connect the wires according to the wiring sequence of each experiment and follow the steps one by one.

Walkaway Kit Includes:

  • Tronex 72+ Amazing Science Kit
  • Relay Chip
  • Adafruit Circuit Playground 
  • K'Nex Motor
  • K'Nex Parts 

Cost: $135 per youth (parent may observe for free). Attendee walks away with $85 worth of components which can be used for dozens of additional projects.  

When: Friday August 9th 3pm. Click here to reserve a seat. 

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