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SMINKS LABS Coding and Robotics mBot Workshop

SMINKS LABS Coding and Robotics mBot Workshop

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  • Wed 6 Jun ’18, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Wed 13 Jun ’18, 4:30pm – 6:00pm


St Mary's Catholic School, 37 Carnot St, Rotorua





A for Attitude. SMINKS LABS vision is to contribute to changing the world massively through encouraging the use of technology in the most humane way possible.

A free* workshop for all educators: teachers, librarians, tutors, after-school caregivers.

Demo and troubleshooting common problems.

0. Health and safety, importance of having the right "A" for Attitude.

1. Building the mBot. "Aha" moments, common problems, the 3 default program modes - manual, object avoidance and line following. Life hacks you can do for when things go wrong/damaged. (30-40 mins)

2. Programming the mBot with the mBlock software based on Scratch 2.0. Bluetooth vs 2.4G modules, which one is best. Chromebooks, iPads and Macs. How to upgrade the firmware. Arduino mode. (30-45 mins). Quick examples and learning cards.

3. Extra time activities: extra modules i.e. mini gripper, electronic add-on pack, etc.

Please only register if you are an educator. This is not a workshop for the general public.

Please do email us in advanced anything you would like me to cover specifically to info@sminkslabs.com

All attendees will receive
- link to download learning cards you can print and use in your class
- free basic programs to get started such as playing music, moving the mBot, using ultrasonic and light sensors.
- a free program of the mBot playing the New Zealand anthem with the lyrics displayed on the LED matrix.

*free for a limited time only


Would like to thank Peter for hosting a teachers workshop at our school for M bots. I found it very useful & practical. Peter was very helpful and understanding of our needs and problems. Would recommend his courses.
~ Sandie Corlett, Technology Teacher, Grey Lynn School

"My Year 10 students use the mBots when we are learning coding/programming. They love the mBots and ask to work with them whenever we have spare lesson time. mBots’ are fun to use and I feel it brings a new level to the engagement level and motivation my students’ have when completing their coding tasks. My main purchasing considerations were that they worked with MS Windows and they were affordable so that I could build up a class set. I find Peter Liew at SMINKS Labs very approachable and flexible with great customer service. I would recommend getting in touch with them regarding what they can offer."
~ Teresa Walker, Digital Technology HOD, Forest View High School, Tokoroa

"Having seen the SMINKS LABS tutors working with the students, I think it is a very good option for starting out or progressing their coding and robotics. I would definitely recommend SMINKS LABS to parents and teachers alike."
~ Kushlagh Thompson, Electronics, Robotics and 3D Printing Technology, Birkdale Intermediate

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