On 17 and 18 December 2018, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) took part in the winter edition of Makerfest. LIST researchers were there with a stand dedicated to Kniwwelino which, with its Christmas tree and dazzling diodes, was a great success with children and their teachers.
The event, organised by the National Youth Service (Service National Jeunesse - SNJ), a partner of LIST particularly for activities connected with Kniwwelino, welcomed some 2,000 children over two days. Kniwwelino is the first development platform for micro-controllers wholly intended for children in basic education and the 'maisons relais' childcare institutions in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The children were able to test Kniwwelino and learn how to develop it by carrying out two different projects: a game and a Christmas decoration.
The budding developers were given the chance to discover IT programming by coding a responsive game or a flashing Christmas tree which they then decorated, allowing their creativity to run wild in the craft workshop adjoining the programming area. They left taking their Kniwwelino with them so they could carry on learning at home. All the encoding and craft work is actually accessible on an on-line wiki for free and this year the team has put together an advent calendar on Facebook with an activity for each day.
LIST's research team, made up of Lou Schwartz, Valérie Maquil, Laurence Johannsen, and Christian Moll also had the opportunity to interact with teachers and invited them take part in the next stage of Kniwwelino development: the development of a kit which enables them to lead Kniwwelino sessions in the classroom
Two days of fruitful exchanges, perspectives, and opportunities for "Kniwwelino", the little DIY lion: if you have any questions about this, please e-mail Valérie Maquil or Christian Moll.
> To read or read again, news about LIST's participation in the summer 2018 edition of Makerfest.