Build your own Calliope mini fitness trainer
This challenge has been written by Amazon Future Engineer | Meet and Code feat. Calliope gGmbH and is part of the EU CODE WEEK CHALLENGES.
Target Audience
  1. Teachers
  2. Primary school (5-12)
  3. Lower secondary school (12-16)
  1. Beginner
  1. 20-30 minutes
  1. To playfully get to know sequences, animations, repetitions and variables.
  2. To design a structure chart.
  3. To test and debug code .
  4. To optimize a program by trial and error, checking and adjusting usability.
Recommended Materials
  1. Calliope mini StarterBox (if available)
  2. Laptop or tablet with which you can visit or and YouTube to access to resources for the activity.
Participants will develop a digitally controlled prototype that uses a colorful glowing LED to reproduce a preconceived 10-unit fitness exercise.
  • To get started, create a plan and determine the order of the exercise units. Using the schedule, program the RGB LED of the Calliope mini to display one of the 5 colors at the predefined pace. Then create a variable for the pace and program repetitions using loops.
  • Remember, if you've implemented the program in a way that you like, you can also share it with us at - we're excited to see what you make of it! By the way, we're giving away 30 Calliope minis among the submissions!
  • Share the QR code of your project on Instagram, add the hashtag #EUCodeWeekChallenge and mention @CodeWeekEU.
Share the link to your work in your Instagram Bio: tap the Edit Profile button on your Instagram and add the link to your work in the Website field. After that, create a new post, add a screenshot of your work, write “Link in Bio”, add the hashtag #EUCodeWeekChallenge and mention @CodeWeekEU.
While you’re sitting at your computer: you can get sporty too.
Create a fitness prototype with the Calliope mini which can also be tested in the simulator. The challenge is done in the MakeCode editor by programming a simple code sequence (see screenshot).
Choose 5 different colors and assign a fitness exercise to each of them, e.g. squat or jumping jacks. Then the colors can be lined up in any order and trained.
Click here to download this challenge as a word document.