We have a large engineering day that hundreds of kids (ages 6-12) and their parents will attend.
The setup is as follows: local engineering groups/societies will have stations and they will have short activities for these kids to introduce them to engineering concepts. We are looking for 1-2 activities for one of these stations. There will be internet connection and we have a small budget (~
$100) for getting supplies. We can borrow computers/tablets. Ideally we will have two activities that build on each other and ideally the activities can be scaled so both younger crowds and older students can enjoy and get hooked. It would be a big plus to engage and educate parents as well. It would also be a plus if the activity did not require lots of hardware ($$$) so it is not too hard for students to continue learning at home.
I wanted to do something programming/CS related but I am having a hard time coming up with activities that introduce them to the subject in a couple of minutes. Are there such activities or should I focus on something else?
The help and ideas are much appreciated!