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Raspberry Pi

Assembly Required

 


 

The Plan

 

Review the proper terminology for all of the equipment. Show the students how to hook up their workstations, including: all cables, components, etc. After the Pi’s are turned on, students will log in and interact with their light sensing circuit via the Arduino IDE sketch we have prepared.

 

 

What Went Well

 

We showed the students how to conceptually plug in all of the cables using a diagram of photographs of the components. The students successfully assembled their workstations. Though we didn’t cover logging in to the Raspberry Pi and opening the Arduino IDE, some students were able to successfully log themselves into their Raspberry Pi. Best of all, when the students did encounter an issue during this process, they helped each other to overcome it.

 

What Went Wrong

 

We forgot to print out the USB reference material we had created. We had planned … Read More

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TTM Collaborative

A Light Sensing Circuit

The Plan

Our goal is to review material from last week, and introduce this weeks concept: building the light sensing circuit. The students will first learn the basic properties, e.g., direction of electrical flow, components, etc., while building a paper mock up of the circuit. Finally the Students will build their own photo sensing circuit using the diagram as a guide.

  

Arduino and Circuit

The Tech Monsters Light Sensing Circuit.

What Went Well

Students used the vocabulary from last class and were able to name the components of the circuit successfully . They grasped the new circuit concepts quickly and were able to apply them effectively.  Our concerns that the breadboards would be difficult to understand were unwarranted for this group of students. We were pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the class went.

 

Another viewing angle of our Photoresistor circuit.

Another viewing angle of our Photoresistor circuit.

What Went Wrong
 

While we have developed better student materials, we still … Read More

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Creating A Common Vocabulary

The Plan

We have just started a new session with a new group of students. For our first week we wanted to go over the syllabus and tech-dictionary to give the students a better understanding of the material they will encounter. We especially wanted to emphasize the use of nouns (like microcontroller) over pronouns (like thing) so that we could all communicate more effectively using a common vocabulary.

 

What Actually Happened

We were able to present the syllabus and tech-dictionary with time for questions. We asked the students why they signed up for this enrichment class. Some of the students were especially interested in the aquarium aspects, others were interested in building circuits, still others signed up because they wanted to build a tiny computer. Overall, the students seemed engaged and interested in the material, and were excited for the upcoming weeks.… Read More

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