The Droidbuilders STEAM Academy Activity Room
Climbing Droids [Ages 5-8]
Droids have always provided a sense of wonder and excitement, which sparks imagination and creativity in kids. Younger students will love to colour and decorate a paper droid design of their own and then investigate types of motion and materials with friction as they mysteriously make them “climb” or “fly” up a string or rope. This is the way!
Paper Circuit Droids [Ages 6-12]
Bringing Star Wars droids to life starts with lights! Students will explore basic electronics with a paper circuit they draw and colour. Then, using a template, they will create their circuit with an LED, copper tape, and battery to light its dome and then can wear it for the duration of Celebration. Welcome to the light side!
Binary Code Bracelet [Ages 6-12]
Do you speak the binary language of droids? Students will be introduced to the language of computer programming and create a bracelet of their name translated into binary using beads as the 1’s and 0’s of binary code. Participants will then get to take and wear their binary coded bling to share their new skills to others!
Draw with ArtBot [Ages 6-12]
Astromechs are one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars Universe, but did you know they could create art? Students will create their own astromech art bot using motors and markers and send it off to design and create unique pieces of art on paper. With any luck, their droid artbots might tell the story of their journey at Celebration!
Mini Light Sabers [Ages 8-14]
Students will create an “Elegant weapon for a more civilized age,” but on a smaller scale and a bit less dangerous. Using a LED diode in place of a Kyber crystal, students will construct their own mini lightsaber and become a Jedi Master! Students will love this project that develops their understanding of basic electronics. Be sure to watch out for our younglings and their lightsabers walking the convention floor!
Toothbrush Mouse Droids [Ages 8-18]
Droids in the Star Wars universe move in so many ways! Students will explore a fun way to create a simple mouse droid that moves due to the vibration of toothbrush bristles! By creating a simple circuit with a mobile phone vibration motor, students will explore ways to make their droid move and then add decor to make it their own creation. The squeals you hear willbe the ones of kids exclaiming excitement over the STEAM skills they learn!
Astromech Coding [Ages 12-18]
R2-D2 has fascinated audiences since he came to life with his beeps and boops and flashing lights. Now, students will learn how to program a ½ scaled 3D printed R2-D2 dome. Using a laptop connected to the mini R2-D2 dome, students will write code to make their mini R2-D2 dome blink lights, move panels, and play authentic droid sounds. Students will learn the same programming skills that the Star Wars Droid Builders use to make their droids come alive!
Astromech Coding will take place during the following times:
- Friday April 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
- Saturday April 8 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm
- Sunday April 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
- Monday April 10 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Droid Trails [Ages 6-12]
Create and send navigational commands to your droid and watch it roll! This game will help teach coding to our younger padawans with the objective of moving a droid throughout the game to reach various goals. No prior coding experience required. Can your trusty Astromech complete the mission before time runs out?
The Games of Star Wars [Ages 8-18]
Engage your brain while having fun with two popular games we see in the Star Wars universe! Based on the chess game seen in Star Wars: A New Hope, Dejarik is a fun way for students to use math skills and defeat their opponents' monsters! The Sabacc card game, well known throughout the galaxy is often seen being played by Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. Students will collect and play cards, adding their way to a winning hand like Lando! Just be careful when playing these exciting games with other species and always let the Wookie win!
Mini Droid Races [Ages 8-16]
Why go to Tatooine for a podrace when you can race our magnificent mini droids and earn your own Droid Operators License! Come learn how these little droids move and navigate them through the Celebration raceway to the delight of Gonks and Astromechs alike. The raceway will be open during the following times:
- Friday April 7 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
- Saturday April 8 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm
- Sunday April 9 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
- Monday April 10 from 3:30 to 5 pm