I have the honor of being able to share at the Discovery STEM Maker Night on Friday before DENSI about 3D printing. So I have been working on a design that can be shared and printed for participants.
Lance shared the jpeg file of the logo and using a .svg converter I was able to build out a keychain by importing the .svg into Tinkercad. I had to do it raised because the printer couldn't produce quality the other way.
I hope to share how to do this at DENSI during the Unconference Day.
What is DENSI? Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute is my "teacher" camp where if I am selected, I get to spend a week with 150 educators from the U.S.A., Canada, UK, and now several other countries learning and discovery about different uses of technology as well as other amazing ideas. Last year I learned about BreakOut Edu and this year I hope to learn even more.
This year I will be presenting with another fabulous DEN member LeaAnne Daughrity about coding on Wednesday. Our session will be very hands-on and a nice complement to the following day of the DEN Maker Playground. Below are screen shots of the website that we will be using.
This year I am working on the DEN Maker Playground for our unconference day on Thursday. I have been reaching out to companies to get promotional products and also to arrange hangouts where educators can talk to the people who are designing and using the product. I am really looking forward to making this happen.
I've created table flyers with QR codes for people to learn more about the product but also contribute to a shared padlet of ideas.
This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute in Manchester, New Hampshire where a team of educators (Sarah Rolle, Aimee Defoe, Liane Beier, Nicole Jakubowsi) and I created a musical loom using a Makey Makey, conductive thread, buttons, foil, fabric, a cardboard box, and teamwork.
The Institute started with different people proposing a project which were displayed on large post its around the room. Next we wrote our names on which projects we were interested in. Finally a person created a banner for the project and if you were interested in that project, you joined the group. Was it a little scary to join a group of people you had never met? Absolutely. I struggled to decide if I should try something that I knew very little knowing that I would probably not be as useful of a group member or choose a project that I had some expertise.
I choose the Musical Loom. I'm a weaver so I knew about weaving. I had used a Makey Makey.... but that was where the fun got started.
Step 1 - Creating a Prototype
Step 2 - Creating the Loom
Our group wanted to use low cost materials. Cardboard was at a premium because all of the groups were using cardboard but we found the perfect box. First we removed the top flaps and cut notches to hold the warp threads. We chose to use buttons to make it easier to remove the finished weaving while maintaining pressure on the edges of the threads.
Step 3 - Connecting the Loom (First Try)
As you can see from the picture, our loom had multiple warp threads... way beyond the 6 controls on the side of the Makey Makey that I was familiar with. It was here where our group spent the majority of our time and problem solving.
How does the Makey Makey work?
We started at the Makey Makey website because some of us were familiar with the device but not everyone in our team was. We played with some of the different sites.
My personal favorite MK-1 was created by Eric Rosenbaum. It allows you to do a quick recording and then play that sound in different notes. The challenge became that this website didn't have enough controls to match our loom.
Step 3 - Connecting the Loom (Try 2)
How do I use the back of the Makey Makey?
The connections on the back of the Makey Makey are what's called "female header." They're rows of little sockets, designed for wires to stick into. One easy way to use them is with connector wires (a.k.a. jumper wires), which are wires with little pins on either end that stick nicely into the header. These come in the kit. You can also buy them separately, but be sure to get the male/male ones, like these: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11026 Jumpers are convenient, but you can also plug regular wire into the header. Solid core wire is best, and you will need wire strippers to remove the insulation from the ends of the wire. You can also find clever ways to use stuff you already have- for example, we've found that both paper clips and safety pins work great for this purpose!
How do I remap the keys?
With a Makey Makey version 1.2 you can easily remap keys directly in your browser at this website: www.makeymakey.com/remap
Step 4 - Programming the Loom
Step 5 - Playing the Loom
The Finished Musical Loom
Using Scratch and the program we created, we could do even more....
Our SP Design Lab has been very fortunate to be selected to participate in the following build nights through Instructables.
March - Circuit Scribe
April - InstaMorph
InstaMorph is a unique product that turns into malleable plastic that hardens. I can't wait to try this out with our students to see what they will create. I have already visited the InstaMorph website to see other ideas... now I have to decide what lucky groups will be creating with this moldable plastic.
May - Strawbees
Our luck continued when we were selected for the Strawbees Build Night. I'm very excited about the simplicity of the Strawbees. Check out this video... I can't wait to see what our students will do with Strawbees.
We wanted to see if we could create an interactive mat that could be used with Minecraft to create an experience where a real person moves the virtual person in Minecraft.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Create the Makey Makey Mat
Using the aluminum tape, create an interactive area that will be alligator clipped to the Makey Makey arrows. We used Xs but if you have more material cover more of the foam piece instead to create as much of a interactive area as possible.
Attach the alligator clip to the corner of your interactive aluminum tape area and attach it to the Makey Makey.
Step 3: Create a Minecraft World
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Our after-school group created an awesome maze based on the book by Dr. Suess - Oh the Places You Will Go.
Our 3D Printers were debuted with families after the arrival of 4 2nd Generation Cube printers last week.
Step 1 - Prepare the Dance Mat
Step 2 - Attaching the Makey Makey
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My issue with the Science Fair was not the content or the process that it encourages but rather the delivery and the heavy reliance on factors that my students couldn't control like family involvement and monetary resources to pursue different investigations. I also believe that science needs to be a hands-on investigative process for all students irregardless of the factors beyond the child's control.
So this year I approached our Science Fair committee with an idea. Could we possibly add a Build Night or Maker portion to our Science Fair? Instructables had just selected our school to receive 5 Makey Makeys as well as Circuit Scribes. What if we created along side the traditional Science Fair so that all students could participate? The Science Fair committee was extremely supportive of the idea.
So here is what we have planned:
1. A Sphero Maze - Students in our After-School program will be designing challenge mazes out of cardboard to be used with our Spheros in a Sphero Challenge. The maze will be designed after the Dr. Seuss book - Oh, The Places You Will Go.
2. LED bookmarks - Thanks to Instructables we have remaining LEDs and using the following modification of the LED bracelet, we are going to make LED bookmarks. Our Science Fair coincides with Read Across America week so all of our Build Night activities will connect to a book.
3. Makey Makey and Circuit Scribe exploration - Students will explore different materials to create with the Makey Makeys. The After-School group will test some different activities that will be highlighted but this area will be available with different materials and ways to use both the Makey Makeys and the Circuit Scribe.
Here is a Symbaloo that has been started to inspire our students in our first ever Science Fair / Build Night / Read Across America Night.
DE Board Builder
Global Day Of Design
Global Design Project
Hour Of Code
Instructable Build Night
Q BA MAZE
Rock Our World
Sp Design Lab
Sp Design Lab
SP Innovation Lab
Student Access Project
Video Game Design
Virtual Field Trip