Soldering: Level 2: Surface Mount Practice

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Soldering Level 2

Description: This should be a good exercise for you to practice your surface mounts. For soldering level 2, you’re going to solder your initials into a small piece of PCB. That way we’ll know you did the work, and we’re looking for minimal errors. Links to get started:

Continue with the next part of the this article on Adafruit:

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-guide-excellent-soldering/surface-mount

Now, take a sample PCB and solder your initials into it like so:

Mount example

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final joint, and get an instructor to visually check out your joint, if you can. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Next- now why not put those skills to good use! Go create something that requires some basic soldering, like this project below:

Basic Flashlight

 

 

 

 

Aeronautical Engineering Level 2: Make a Mini Quad Copter!

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Skill Level:  Aeronautical Engineering Level 2

Badges Earned: Aeronautical Engineering Level 2

Badges Needed (before starting): Soldering Level 1

Description: Okay- let’s get moving a little further on building a mini quad copter.Your job is going to be to solder the Hubsan Quad together– but your largest challenge, will be designing a lightweight frame for it. You can use Tinkercad.com or you could build an acrylic frame using the laser cutter. It’s totally up to you. You’ll need to use Corel Draw on a PC for creating the laser cutting file.

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: What kind of problem would your quad solve?

Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Part 1: 

Measure the parts and design the frame. Sketch this out using pencil and paper, to decide how small or big your frame should be. How are you going to hold the motors for the props in? How are you going to hold the PCB and battery in the quad? Make sure this is part of your design. When you’re done sketching, using www.tinkercad.com or Corel Draw, or other vector software to design your frame. Print it or cut it!

Part 2: 

Assemble your quad. Use the graphic below to see where you should solder your motor wires

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Do a little more soldering practice if you need to. If you burn this board, it becomes extremely hard to repair.

Resources that will help:

http://cloud.polar3d.com

www.tinkercad.com

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? Creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Aeronautical Engineering Level 1: Making Basic Flying Things!

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Skill Level:  Aeronautical Engineering Level 1

Badges Earned: Aeronautical Engineering Level 1

Description: To earn your Level 1 Aero Badge, you’re going to have to dig deep and make some of the most intricate paper airplanes you’ve ever tried. If you eventually want to build a quad copter, you need to understand how things fly, and the aerodynamics of flying objects. Part two asks that you design a plastic propellor toy that can be used for your own amusement.

Part 1: 

For this first part, choose three separate paper airplanes to create. You’ll mostly only need paper, a ruler, and scissors. Take pictures, and keep a record of which ones fly farther.

Go here and choose three: http://www.instructables.com/member/OrigamiAirEnforcer/?show=INSTRUCTABLES

Part 2: 

For this second part, you will need to use the 3D Printer. You’re going to re-create this plastic propellor toy using www.tinkercad.com and the 3D Printer.

Resources that will help:

http://cloud.polar3d.com

www.tinkercad.com

File Your Plan:

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? Creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Web Development Level 1: Codecademy and Site Design

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Skill Level: Web Development (Level 1)

Badges Earned: Web Development (Level 1)

Description: To earn your Level 1 Web Development badge, you will need to complete both of the experiences below. One is an online exercise at Codecademy.com, the other is a basic website at Weebly.com, Google Sites, or

Part 1: 

For this first part, you must complete one of these three exercises. Remember to SIGN UP for Codecademy.com using your Google Email. Click here, and simply click the red button (bottom right). Choose one of these:

About Me

Sun, Earth, and Code

Animate Your Name

Part 2: 

For this second part, you will need to create a basic website that serves a purpose, or solves a problem. Remember all websites serve a need and have an audience. You could create an online journal for yourself, create a photo blog, or a site that sells a product. You’ll want to do your best to cite any images or text that you use (that’s not your own).

Resources that will help:

Getting Started With Google Sites. 

Getting Started With Weebly. 

Getting Started with Wix. 

File Your Plan:

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Computer Science Level 1: Sphero, Rube Goldberg, and Spark

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Computer Science Level 1

Description:  The earner of this badge gets to do something awesome. Your goal is to create a Sphero “Rube Goldberg” experience. Rube Goldberg machines basically are massive “do nothing” devices that elaborately use physics to perform one simple task. Your Sphero program will do this as well.

Part 1: Challenge Proposal 

First thing’s first: Fill out a Challenge Proposal.  What is your program going to do? What problem is Sphero going to solve?

Part II: SPRK

SPRK is a program that allows you to program Sphero to run, turn, blink, vibrate, and do so many other things. You’re going to use this program to control him and tell him where to go.

Do the “introduction” sample program, so you can get familiar with him.

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Part III: Sketch

This type of planning requires a sketch. You can use Google Drawings, or you can use a whiteboard (just make sure to take pictures). You’ll want to use a tape measure, I’m sure.

Here is an example. Map out the entire road you want Sphero to take. Include every action you want him to perform, and map out the footage as well. Use a ruler, and when you’re done- take a picture of your map. Use this for evidence to get your final badge.

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Part IV: Requirements

Let’s make sure that Sphero is utilized fully. Your program, should:

  • Make Sphero travel some distance that includes turns. Can he go through doors?
  • Program him to react when he hits a wall.
  • Change colors
  • Perform a task. Remember that the purpose of this project is to have Sphero perform some task. What will that be? Will it be to turn something on or off?

You can utilize other parts and objects to help Sphero accomplish his goal. Be creative!  Have fun and ask questions.

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

 

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Invention Challenge: Third World Designers

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Objective: The goal of this activity is to introduce or dig deeper into the Design Thinking process. Students are given a scenario, and various materials with which an invent a solution.

Activity:

1. Present this slide, ask the question “Who invented the light bulb?” then watch the video that ensues.

2. On pieces of paper, hand out the scenarios to students at tables in groups of three or 4. Here’s a link to some examples. 

3. Next- let them do the How Might We challenge activity. Here is the link. Write this link on the board so they can access the doc:

http://tinyurl.com/howmightwe

4. Hand them a bag of various materials including:

  • 8 Popsicle Sticks
  • 3 Zip Ties, 2 big, 2 small.
  • Plastic from some packaging that they can cut up. (or pieces of cardboard).
  • Masking Tape
  • String (2 arms length)
  • 2 magnets
  • 2 Metal ring labels. 

The goal of the How Might We activity is for them to pare the problem down to a solvable problem (in the form of a question). Their finished design will be the answer to this question. They can choose to do copy and write on that Google Doc, or use a white board to write our their questions.

5. Let them build.

6. Let them present their solutions. Ask them what their “challenge question” was they chose to work on and present their solution. Give them feedback on how they worked as a group, and ask for them to give feedback on how they think they worked together.

7. Show them the final slide on the first presentation. They should get a kick out of it. 

Soldering: Level 1: Build a Makey Robot and Earn a Badge!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Soldering Basic

Description: To earn Soldering 1, you”ll need to watch a short video, and build Makey Robot. He only requires a couple of soldering points, but you won’t get him to work if you do it wrong!

Fill out a Challenge Proposal. 

Steps to get accomplished: 

First thing’s first. Read this and watch the video all the way through (with headphones). It’s a great overview from Adafruit on soldering.

Next, read this article all the way through. It has extremely helpful soldering tips and coverage.

Next, read parts II and III on preparation and making a good soldering joint. Both of these really will help prepare you for being a great solderer.

Get your Makey Robot Kit and follow the instructions on this page. The instructions also are actually written right on the robot. 

http://makezine.com/projects/maker-faire-2012-electronic-skill-badge/

They’re pretty thorough. Before you solder, make sure to get a fellow maker to check out your soldering station for safety.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final joint, and get an instructor to visually check out your joint, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Next- now why not put those skills to good use! Go create something that requires some basic soldering, like this project below:

Basic Flashlight

Getting Started with Scratch: What Are Cats Good For? [Alternate Level 1]

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Skill Level: Basic (Level 1)

Badges Earned: Scratch Basic

Description: You’re going to get a chance to do a little software engineering here. Create a Scratch Interactive Project that answers the question: What Are Cats Good For? 

What you’re going to need:

A Scratch Account. Go to https://scratch.mit.edu/ and sign up. Make sure to have a parent’s email on hand. They will need to verify your account to share your project.

You’ll also need some headphones. Great if you have some with a recording mic on it!

1. Watch this video (with headphones on) to get introduced.

2. When you’re done there, start this tutorial:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=getStarted

3. Explore some of the different projects on Scratch. Make sure to look at the code, to see how they did things: https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/?date=this_month 

4. Fill out a Challenge Proposal: Design Thinking Challenge Template.

5. Now- create your own thing. Remember your question: What Are Cats Good For? 

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=home

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take tons of pictures and video (screenshots), if you can. Why? We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence for numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below! Always look at the requirements for the badges- they usually have some specifics that they want you to do before submitting.

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Circuitry Level 1: Create a Light Activated Car

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Skill Level: Littlebits Basic (Level 1)

Badges Earned: Circuitry Level 1, Littlebits Level 1

Description: To earn these skills, we’re going to rely on a great step by step activity from Littlebits. This activity has basic circuitry, no soldering is necessary.

Link to project: Light Activated Car 

Fill out a Challenge Proposal: Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Extend Your Learning! 

Add a Makey Makey component to your project! Create a Makey Makey controller for your car!

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Circuitry Level 1: Create a Basic Flashlight

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Skill Level: Basic (Level 1)

Badges Earned: Soldering 1 and Circuitry Level 1

Description: To earn these skills, we’re going to rely on a great step by step activity from Instructables. This activity has basic wiring skills and soldering skills that should be good practice for creating some simple circuits.

Link to project: A Better Altoids Smalls LED Flashlight.

Fill out a Challenge Proposal: Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take tons of pictures and video, if you can. Why? We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to  for numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Extend Your Learning! Create a website with a logo, brand, and shopping option for those “customers” who want to purchase your product. Take it to the next level! Do this and earn these badges:

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