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Matatalab partnered with Wetlands camp held a summer camp in a famous Wetland nature reserve in Beijing

Overview

A meaningful coding camp in Beijing, China. About 50 young children aged 4-9, took part in it and had fun with Matatalab. They entered the Wetland nature reserve and observed different kinds of birds and plants at first. Then, they designed and drew the special nature map and created their adventures upon Matatalab. Using Matatalab coding robot as a tool, kids learned interdisciplinary knowledge very quickly and in a playful way.

Wetlands camp is a camp in the Health Bridge wetland nature reserve in Beijing China, designed for children to explore nature. This summer, Matatalab partnered with Wetlands camp and jointly held a summer camp, named “the Summer of AI”.

This time, the Matatalab coding learning closely integrate with the nature exploring projects, and children learned the basic coding concepts through project-based learning (PBL). They also learned about the impact of programming on modern life and got to know the importance of computational thinking skills, and finally feel that programming is fun and easy.

Following the characteristics of cognitive development of young children, Matatalab provides a STEAM programming enlightenment education for the young children, using the tangible coding blocks, the young children learn about abstract coding ideas through concrete things. Some important features Matatalab Pro Set provides:

  • No need of PC, tablets and other electronic devices
  • Combined with graphics, colors, LED and sounds, the young children are immersed in the learning process
  • Children play games through the project and don’t feel like a serious learning
  • Encourage children to construct their own understanding but not simply mirror what others told them

Eventually, the young children learn through the real environment and the real-life problem situations, the best practice of learning thru play and learning thru discovery.

Camp course plan

Day 1Discover the campWelcome and grouping. Get general idea of the learning point of the camp and the first introduction of Matatalab robot set.
  1. Learn about the coding blocks and learn how the robot works
  2. Learn about the terrains of the camp, basic knowledge about wetlands and the animals and plants on wetlands.
Day 2Protect the fishLead the children to design fish protection games in group, and they get the knowledge cards of ecological protection and fish in wetland.
  1. Apply the coding blocks and coding functions independently (coding set)
  2. Learn about knowledge of fishes in wetland
  3. Develop a growth mindset
Day 3The heaven of birdsLead the children to design bird protection games in group, and challenge them to compose a song. Ultimately,, the awareness of caring for nature, respecting biodiversity and respecting life are cultivated.
  1. Apply the coding blocks and coding functions independently (coding set + musician add-on)
  2. Learn about knowledge of plants and birds in wetland
  3. Develop a growth mindset
Day 4The wonderland of insectsLead the children to design memory game of insects, and use Matatalab robot set to draw the specific insect and use it as flag of their group.
  1. Apply the coding blocks and coding functions independently (coding set+ artist add-on)
  2. Learn about knowledge of insects  in wetland
  3. Develop a growth mindset
Day 5Party of wetlandLead the children to start the four-day study review, encourage the team to design the wetland adventure game together, and display it in the Carnival.
  1. Apply the coding blocks and coding functions independently (coding set+ musician add-on+ artist add-on)
  2. Review the knowledge about wetland
  3. Develop a growth mindset

General Introduction of the wetland nature reserve

Health Bridge wetland nature reserve is the unique primitive reed marsh in the plain of Beijing, located in the northeast of Beijing. It covers an area of 1900 hectares. The animals and plants resources are rich, with high protecting and studying value. By researching, there are 153 kinds of birds in the nature reserve, which is close to half of Beijing’s, and with 292 kinds of plants. The thick reed and rich lives create a unique wild ecology sight in suburb of Beijing. There are many places for developing popularization of science, like science exhibition hall, birds watching from high platform and wetland vivarium. It has been an ideal place to get close to the nature for the denizens in the city.
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