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What is JCrete4Kids;

JCrete4Kids is a free event that introduces kids, aged 8-16, to Programming & and Robotics. Children spend a day full of fun, create analytical thinking and teamwork, and learn how new technologies can be fun and make our everyday lives easier. Video


Saturday 28 July  
  • 9:00-9:30 Registration
  • 9:30-11:45 1st Session
  • 11:45-12:15 Lunch break
  • 12:15-14:30 2nd Session
Orthodox Academy of Crete,

Kolymbari Kissamou Chania

Tel.: +30 28240 22500 / 22245

Fax: +30 28240 22060

email: oac@otenet.gr
   Monday 30July 
  • 9:00-9:30 Registration
  • 9:30-11:30 1st Session
  • 11:30-13:30 2nd Session
  • 13:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-16:00 3rd Session
With the support of forthnet

Nik. Plastira 100,

Vassilika Vouton,

Heraklion Crete

Coordinates: 35°18'18.6"N 25°04'21.3"E

Tel.: 2810 391500-2


Children will spend a day full of fun learning through ...

Lego MX Football

1) Play football with Lego Mindstorms

Lego Mindstorms are programmable "bricks" from Lego that can be combined with electric motors, transmitters, ultrasonic sensors, ultraviolet, color and light as well as pulleys (such as gears, axles, beams, and hydraulic components) suitable to build robots and other automated or interactive systems.

It is football world cup season so in this workshop children will build Lego robots which play football. They will build a Lego Mindstorm robot which can kick a small ball in the net,  program it, control it, and play with it in a football match. Two teams will go head to head.

Instructor:  Nikhil Nanivadekar (U.S.A.)


2) Program a NAO humanoid robot

NAO is 58 cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable humanoid robot. It can talk, listen to you, and even recognize your face! Learn how to program a sequence of instructions (build a scenario) in order to interact and play with it in a funny way.

If you wish to participate in this workshop, download and install the Choregraphe IDE. Use the license number in "choregraphe_license_key.txt". Please also copy the "Devoxx4Kids.cbl" file on your desktop; this is a library of Robot Actions that you will use.

Instructors: Daniel DeLuca, Devoxx (Belgium), Michael Lagoudakis, Nikos Spanoudakis (Greece)



3) Become creative with mbots

mBot is a low cost, easy-to-run robot kit for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics, robotics. It is an all-in-one solution for robotics learning and designed for STEM education.

With its two motors and its different sensors, programming the mBot isn't only fun, but simple enough for every child to start being a great inventor. We'll go through the robot's capabilities. Start tinkering with these using the Scratch interface to make the mBot come alive using the drag and drop programming blocks. Finally, having mastered the basics of programming the mBot, we'll let the children take it to the next level by making the robot find its way out of a maze… You need to download and preinstall mBlock3.
Workshop 1, Workshop 2

Instructor: Alex Snaps (Canada)

4) Learn programming with George

George is a platform for creating games, art, robotic instructions, digital tools, etc. and learning maths, physics, chemistry, languages and real world programming.

This workshop is based on Turtle Geometry, where kids will learn basic math, geometry, functions, variables and it will inspire them to write more ambitious programs like games or applications.

And while the children are seemingly "just" learning programming, what they are really learning is much more profound:

  • Procedural thinking
  • Destructing problems and composing solutions
  • Debugging: The ability to analyze and test hypotheses

If you wish to participate in this workshop, download and install George. Here are the examples.

Instructors: Victor Duran (Spain), Leonora Panagiotidou (Greece)



consists of a large number of volunteers (from all over the world) whom we would like to thank (in Alphabetic order):

Andres Almiray, Gail & Paul Anderson, Ed Bateman, Stephen Chin, Sebastian Daschner, Daniel DeLuca, Frank Dietrich, Victor Duran, Tobias Frech, Rabea Gransbergen, Arun Gupta, Marc Hoffmann, Heinz Kabutz, Gregor Koukkoullis, Ignasi Marimon-Clos, Melissa McKay, Nikhil Nanivadekar, Kirk Pepperdine, Maz Rashid, Sven Ruppert, Nikhil Singh, Ken Sipe, Alex Snaps, Abraham & Tina Van Der Vyver, Dmytro Vyazelenko, Jan Wloka, Dimitris Andreadis, Alexandros Andritsopoulos, Stavros Bastakis, Ilias Fragkakos, Janis Fotakis, Dimitrios Hatziparashis, Hara Kamnaki, Nikos Kampitakis, Aikaterini-Agapi Karandinou, Aris Konidaris, Ioannis Kostaras, Michalis Lagoudakis, Emanouela Larentzaki, Manolis Marazakis, Nektaria Mariolou, Nektarios Moumoutzis, Athanasios Mpaharis, Vanessa Neroutsou, Anastasia Nikolaidou, Leonora Panagiotidou, Leonidas Papadakis, Thomas Pliakas, Anastasia Protopapa, Giorgos Saslis, Michael Sifounios, Ioannis Stavrakantonakis, Nikos Spanoudakis, Nikos Tsigos, Fotini Verigou, Giannis Vrentzos, Tasos Zervos, Thanasis Zografos, Konstantinos Zorbas, ...

as well as the kids that participated for their excellent cooperation.

Registration / Contact

Registration is required as seats are limited.

Children must bring their own laptop.

Free registration

Saturday 28 July (Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari Chania)

Monday 30 July (Foundation for Research & Technology, Heraklion Crete)