New for this year: Dancing Lights!

A COVID-friendly WRECK inspired activity for all
(with a little parental help)

Dancing Lights!

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Since we are unable to host the traditional WRECK Robotics class this year, we will be hosting an online class that will take kids step by step through the process of creating their own set of dancing lights! These lights will be programmed by the students to flash, chase, blink and dance in any ways they can imagine. Since this will be online and a much shorter program than usual, this will be open to all grade levels, but those in K-3rd should have adult supervision (and they will probably need your help too). For kids in 4th through 6th grade, I expect they will be able to work through this independently, but they may need some help getting set up.

The PTA will provide a kit for $30 with everything needed except for a computer. You will also need to have a wireless home network for this to work. Feel free to order as many as you need for your family.

The sign-up will be posted here (and that will also include an option to pay for the kits online). Before signing up, please read through the requirements to make sure you have a computer capable of programming the lights.

Cost per kit: $30

What you will get in the kit:

  • ESP8266 Microcontroller
  • 1 meter string of 60 programmable LEDs
  • Power supply
  • Wires needed to connect everything

Tools you will need:

  • Small phillips head screwdriver
  • Wireless home network
  • Some device for the Zoom (could use your school iPad)
  • Computer (desktop or laptop is ok, Mac or Windows)
    • This should be DIFFERENT from what you use to connect to Zoom so that you can be working and watching at the same time
    • Must have wireless connectivity
    • You will need to install xLights on this computer as well. Please make sure this is done before the first session
  • (Optional) Smartphone or tablet
    • This is to install the app that can also control the lights. This is optional though (iOS or Android)


  • Monday Night Session (Nov 23th and Nov 30th at 7PM)
  • Sunday Afternoon Session (Nov 29th and Dec 6th at 2PM)

Zoom invites will be emailed before the class.

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WRECK will be available to 3rd through 6th grade students!

WRECK (Whittier Robotics and Engineering Club for Kids) is an amazing amount of fun and also a great way to learn interesting engineering and robotics concepts (without even realizing it!). For those not familiar, WRECK is a PTA run program and is offered to 3rd through 6th graders. Utilizing Lego WeDo kits (3rd and 4th) and Lego EV3 Mindstorms kits (5th and 6th), we will give interested boys and girls an introduction to robotics and programming. The classes will start with learning basic principles and will culminate in a final project that should be challenging and rewarding. The kits for the 5th and 6th graders are the same as those used at Herrick for their robotics club so the students will be primed to continue this journey into middle school.

Please contact Matt Butts, mattbutts@gmail.com, with questions.