Thursday, May 24, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day 2 (MidKids)

We continued our work today, attacking our designs with precision. Some of us are making castles, some are making houses. Nevertheless, they're going to look awesome!

Robot Club (teens)

We are nearing an end for the spring session, and what better way to end it that with a dual Robot Club/ Soldering class?! Our previous soldering class didn't quite finish on Tuesday so we figured that we could spill into today's Robot Club class.

Our Soldering class is almost done. One more class should do it for us!

We got crazy with Robot Club though... We started a new robot inspired by a YouTube video we saw! We have the base done and in two weeks, we'll add wheels!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day 1 (Midkids)

Another season, another TinkerCAD class... We had some newcomers this time around so we taught them the basics and they were off! This is a four-parter so today we just got our chops warmed up and did some brainstorming.


Soldering - Day 5 (teens)

We're so close!!! We're on the home stretch and are about to finish. Unfortunately, we ran out of time today so we're going to see when we can get back together to finish this once and for all! (hopefully..)

This was definitely the most ambitious soldering project yet!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Soldering - Day 4 (teens)

More of the same today. We are just about done with the AM radio. We're onto the FM radio next week! We got to try out our new circuit board clamps, too! Slow and steady wins the race...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Soldering - Day 3 (teens)

We continued to attack the kits today. They are turning out to be a lot more expansive that we though. We are about a third of the way done so hopefully we pick up the pace!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Soldering - Day 2 (teens)

We kept attacking our circuit boards today. We hit a couple bumps, but they were no big deal. We have quite a ways to go so we will continue all of next week!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Soldering- Day 1 (Teens)

Soldering is back! We took it up a notch from last time, when we made an FM radio. This time around, we're making and AM/FM radio that is about four times as large! While daunting, we attacked the kits and made some good progress today! We'll continue on Thursday...

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bristlebots Obstacle Course (Midkids)

Everyone loves Hexbugs, so why not make your own! Today, we used a toothbrush and a motor to make moving DIY Hexbugs. From there, we reused old paper towel rolls to make pipes for the bots to travel through! Or at least, we tried to....

Bristlebots Obstacle Course

Everyone loves Hexbugs, so why not make your own! Today, we used a toothbrush and a motor to make moving DIY Hexbugs. From there, we reused old paper towel rolls to make pipes for the bots to travel through!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Robot Club

Today we were continuing our robot by tinkering with it's hardware! We added new wheels and attempted to add a new motor. We'll keep trying in two weeks!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge - Day 2 (Midkids)

Some obstacle courses were conquered!... some weren't... but that's ok because we all learned a little bit about how to block code! Using the Ozoblockly software, we familiarized ourselves with basic commands for our robot to follow and had fun while doing it!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge - Day 1 (Midkids)

Ozobots are awesome and the amount of things you can do with them are limitless. This session is all about problem solving. We are going to design our own obstacle courses using posters and coding our Ozobots to complete them! Everyone will learn soon that it is not as easy as it sounds....


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hour of Code (MidKids)

Nothing beats a good old fashioned Hour of Code session. We had a lonely one today but that didn't stop us from tinkering with some code! We'll continue with coding next month so stay tuned...

Robot Club

It was back to the drawing board today... We tried to fix our robot, who seemingly forgot how to be a robot. After figuring out how to re-download the default code on the robot and joystick, we're back on track! We'll keep exploring the robot and ROBOTC in two weeks!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

LED Origami Frogs - Day 2 (MidKids)

We wrapped up our LED frogs today after struggling a bit with our batteries. The positioning got a bit finicky at times, but we tinkered with our frogs and got them to light up! Some of us didn't get it to stay on, unfortunately. We all learned about currents, LEDs, and oragami though...and we have cool flipping frogs to prove it!

LED Origami Frogs - Day 2 (teens)


Our frogs came to life today! After much experimenting, we figured out the best place to put our LED leads and batteries. Now, we get to take home our LED frogs to show off to everyone






Tuesday, March 27, 2018

LED Origami Frogs - Day 1 (MidKids)

Today was the first day of LED origami Frogs.  We found the idea here: https://makezine.com/projects/fold-up-jumping-origami-frog-led-eyes/

Today we practiced making the frog origami with a piece of scrap paper and then gave it a try for real with a nicer piece of paper.

Next time, we'll add the LEDs and the battery and make it hop!


LED Origami Frogs - Day 1 (teens)

Today was the first day of LED origami Frogs.  We found the idea here: https://makezine.com/projects/fold-up-jumping-origami-frog-led-eyes/

Today we practiced making the frog origami with a piece of scrap paper and then gave it a try for real with a nicer piece of paper.

Next time, we'll add the LEDs and the battery and make it hop!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Robot Club

Second one of the month today and we picked up right where we left off. We got the jist of everything again and re familiarized ourselves with ROBOTIC, the program we use to code our robot. We set up some challenges for our robot to accomplish. We may have not achieved them all, but we were close. We have have taken a small step backwards however, as when configuring the joystick, we lost the connection between the joystick and robot!