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Troubleshooting Required

For the second class, The Tech Monsters envisioned the students setting up their Raspberry Pi workstations and logging in. However, the hardware proved to be fickle, and the process of assembling the workstations was full of pitfalls.  Overall, the students’ unfamiliarity, and our inexperience setting up the workstations in a classroom setting, created a chaotic environment. Out of the ten workstations, only one student was able to log into their Pi. Miles’ first fear was that the students had damaged the Pi’s. Several students were visibly disappointed and frustrated. But all was not lost; this was a teachable moment.

 

Before the next class, Miles decided to troubleshoot each workstation to deduce the source of the issues. The most common problem was a hardware quirk:  the HDMI video cable needed to be plugged in before the micro USB power cable. In addition several students had not seated their sd cards … Read More

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Nuts And Bolts Class One

Nuts and Bolts is a blog about teaching students to use Raspberry Pi, Mathematica, Arduino, and low voltage circuits to study the world around them. Miles and Michael use the Nuts and Bolts blog to chronicle what they plan to teach in each class, what they actually accomplish, and what they take away from each experience. They will also discuss any insights they gain in teaching the material over at the Feel Spiel.

 

For their first foray into teaching they will be working with students at Wilson Focus Elementary. Their first class will consist of ten students in 4th through 6th grades. The session consists of one 50 minute class, once per week, for eight weeks.

 

The objective for the students is to build and apply STEAM skills. The Tech Monsters curriculum starts with learning about sensors. Each student will learn to build … Read More

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