Vinyl Cutting Basics: Cut Your First Vinyl Design!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Vinyl Cutting 1

Description: The vinyl cutter can be a helpful tool for an artist, someone who is interested in branding or logos, prettying up walls, or adding pizzaz to a Chromebook cover. Use the video below to take your first steps with the Stika Vinyl Cutter.

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal

Step 1:  Just watch the videos below- they’ll take you through everything you need! 

Step 2: Transfer your design to a wall or other surface! 

 

Ideas:  How do vinyl designs solve problems? Do businesses use these? Do schools? How and where? Yours should solve a problem, too!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Create a video “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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Laser Cutting Basics: Create a Laser Cut Keychain

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Epilog Laser 1

Description: Getting to know the laser cutter takes some practice. This exercise will not only show you how to create vector art on Corel Draw, but then we’ll take that vector, and “print” it out on an Epilog Laser Cutter.

As Always, Fill Out A Challenge Proposal

Step 1:  Watch the video below. It will take you through each step to complete the process.

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

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Minecraft Level 1: Build Your Own World

Image via http://superminepod.com/
Image via http://superminepod.com/

Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Minecraft Level 1

Description: Can a Minecraft world solve a problem? Your job is to create one that does. Does it re-create an ancient civilization? Does it recreate a locale that could help firefighters or EMTs find escape routes? Could your Minecraft world use invention to create a solution to a third world problem? 

What’s it going to be?

Your job is to brainstorm, design, and build that world. Then share it! Create a YouTube Screencast of your world, using Screencastify for Chrome.

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal

Step 1:  Go to MineCraft EDU on a PC, go to the C: drive Minecraft EDU Folder. Start Launcher.

Step 2: From there, click Start Minecraft Edu. Login Mode: Minecraft EDU. Put in your name. Direct Connect.

Step 3: Build! Have fun and ask questions!  You can use circuits in this version of Minecraft- so the ability to be really creative is at your fingertips.

Ideas:  Think outside the box on this one. Think about audience. Who is this world for? Could this be a service learning project or idea?

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Create a video “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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Web Development 3: Creating (and Hosting) HTML Pages from Scratch

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Skill Level: Level 3

Badges Earned: Web Development Level 3

Description: Creating cracker jack HTML pages is one thing. Creating and hosting your own website is another thing. For this next project, we’ll create a website, and host it in the cloud. We’ll use Shiftedit for this on a Chromebook.

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.  If you’re creating a website- what purpose will it serve? Who will the audience be?

 

Part I: Log into Shiftedit with your Google username:

https://shiftedit.net/login#

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Part II: Create a new “Site.” 

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Part III: Choose Google Drive as a place to save your files. Server Type. 

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The next part will take a while as it brings in all of your Google Drive folders.

Part IV: Create a new Page using HTML. Use the little plus (+) button. 

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Now- this is the challenge. Create your HTML page, and incorporate many of the elements you’ve used before:

  • Images
  • Color
  • Text
  • More that one page
  • Video?

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, 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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Web Development Level 2: Codecademy Course

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Web Development Level 2

Description: In your lifetime, at some point, you’re going to need to understand how to create a website, and you’ll need to know some HTML. This Codecademy course will get you to where you need to be.

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.  What problem will knowing HTML solve?

Part I: Make sure you are logged in with your Google Username, then click here:

https://www.codecademy.com/learn the start HTML and CSS.

The course will take you a few periods to complete.

Part II: Create a basic HTML Website Using Webmaker

For this next part, you are going to create an original HTML site using the new Thimble. What is that? Check it our here:

What will you create? Go to https://thimble.mozilla.org/  (sign up) and click on the Remix this Project for the Back to School project. Before you go any further, fill out a Challenge Proposal.  What kind of problem will your HTML web page solve? Make sure to:

  1. Follow all the instructions on the Thimble tutorial (inside the code).
  2. Change colors, text, and all elements, to make this truly unique and your own.
  3. Share it!
  4. Have fun!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, 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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Consumer Science Level 2: Google Cardboard!

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Consumer Science Level 2

Description: This is going to be so exciting! You get to make Google Cardboard. What is Google Cardboard? Google Cardboard is Google’s VR headset. Virtual Reality! We’re going to put all the components together to make one headset. This will take you through some basic laser cutting too (nice).

Small pre-requisite. You must go and get this badge first. You’ll have to create a simple object on the laser cutter first.

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Part 1: Cardboard Overview

At the bottom if this page, it outlines everything you’ll need to make Cardboard.

Part 2: Cutting Cardboard. 

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What problem would your cardboard solve? How can you distinguish yours from others?

Now, you’ve got to go back to a PC with Corel Draw and import these files for printing on the laser cutter. Remember that these are in millimeters. Here are your files.  Download this Corel Draw file for use on an Epilog Laser Cutter. 

Part 3: Get Ready to Cut

Set the Epilog for corrugated cardboard.

Part 4: Fold it. 

This will be tricky.You may need to look at our sample. Gather your rubber band and magnets, and you’re almost ready. This video shows you how to fold it:

 

Part 5: What next? 

When you have Google Cardboard, you’ll need to get the app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo&hl=en

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-cardboard/id987962261?mt=8

Part 6: Final part: 

Create a simple website on Weebly that shows it off. Give it your own brand name / logo. Show off your videos, and gain interest in the public to purchase it!

Discover some 360 degree video here

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always 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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Consumer Science Level 1: Duct Tape Madness!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Consumer Science Level 1

Description: You’re pretty lucky. Your first project is going to be to create something truly unique using duct tape. We all know that duct tape can solve tons of problems. What would yours solve?

Part 1: 

Take a look at these Duct Tape projects here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Duct-Tape/

Now, before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What problem can you solve with duct tape?

Part 2:  Create a simple website, to sell your product! 

This second part is important. Use weebly.com or Google Sites to create a website that presents your solution as a product, tell us about your product. What is the brand name? Does it have a logo? They should.

Your final project will be a combination of website, and products. You can also create more duct tape products to populate your website. Have fun!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final product, and get an instructor to visually check out your product, 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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Machines and Robotics Level 1: Simple Robots

Image via Instructables
Image via Instructables

 

Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Machines and Robotics Level 1

Description: You’re definitely going to like your options here. Below, you’ll get a chance to create three different analog robots. One is called Inchwork, one is called Buck, the other is Scoop. Have fun. They take time, but will get you to the next step.

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. Everything solves a problem- so what will these solve?

You may choose one of the three projects below. 

Scoop: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Scoop/

Inchworm: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Inchworm/

Buck: https://ssl.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Buck/

Have fun, and ask lots of questions. We have all of the items you’ll need.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-dc-motor-with-forwardreverse-and-self-start/

NOTE:  Is there a way you can improve the design? If so, document that in your process.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your project, and get an instructor to visually check out things along the way. 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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Wearable Tech Level 2: Integrating Arduino into Soft Circuits

Image via Adafruit.
Image via Adafruit.

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Wearable Tech 2

Description: The Arduino is an amazing tool that will allow us to program an LED to do things- like blink, fade, strobe, and more. Now- we’re going to take the Arduino Lilypad, and create an LED integration into a wearable piece of fabric.

Look ahead at the project. Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What will this solve?

Part 1: Learn Arduino First

Before you get started with Lilypad, you need to get accustomed to using an Arduino. Grab an Arduino kit, and go through these 2 tutorials first:

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Blink

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Fade

Earn an Arduino Badge!

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Part II: Build an Awesome Sewn Creature and Add an Arduino Soft Circuit 

Let’s incorporate a Lilypad, which is different kind of Arduino- that can be programmed. See here to discover all of the different components to Lilypad.

 Create a Creature of Your Own Imagination:

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Doll-Friends-are-easy-to-make/

And Incorporate a Soft Sewn Circuit into this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Soft-Circuit-Button/

This one doesn’t use a Lilypad, but a Lilypad can be substituted and sewn into the design. Basically you have to ask:

What are you going to make happen when you press this button on your creature? You decide!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, 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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Breaking in the Sewing Machine

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Skill Level: None yet! Get this done to move on to Level One.

Badges Earned: Sewing Basics

NOTE: Before you wonder why sewing is part of an engineering class, take a look at this article on Forbes about how the founder of GoPro started his invention on a sewing machine.

He recounts many hours sitting at his desk, switching from a sewing machine for the wrist straps to his drill to carve out bits and pieces of raw plastic to develop the model he wanted.

Description: Wearable tech is much cooler than you think it’s going to be. For this project, we’re going to make some basic sewing steps- then create a cool looking drawstring bag. Read through everything before getting started. Learn about the sewing machine, get it set up and start sewing. Note: be gentle and careful, go slow with the sewing machine — it’s delicate.

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal How will this change the world?

Part 1: Getting Started with Sewing- The basics. 

Description:  Learn about the sewing machine, get it set up and start sewing. Note: be gentle and careful, go slow with the sewing machine — it’s delicate.

Resources:

  1. Access the print or online instruction manual for Singer 2277 Tradition http://www.singerco.com/products/2182/2277-tradition
  2. Watch demos from the Singer site:

Watch this intro: 

 

Steps 1:  Learn how to set up the machine: 

  1. read through p. 2, 4 & 9 and locate the parts of the machine and accessories
  2. read the instructions and practice winding the bobbin p. 11 and inserting the bobbin p. 13
  3. read the instructions p.17 and  practice threading the upper thread
  4. read and practice raising the bobbin thread p. 21

Step 2:  Practice sewing

  1. Make a “sampler”: take a long strip of scrap felt, about 4” by 10” and practice sewing a straight stitch
  2. after you can sew a straight line, try different widths and lengths of stitches, try jigjag
  3. sew about 10 – 12 sample stitches
  4. extra: try sewing a seam: fold over or cut a match the edge of two pieces. Sew the edges together using a straight stitch. Watch the guide to make the seam allowance ⅝”

Part II: Create The Easy Reusable Gift Bag

Here are some great step by steps on how to create your own drawstring pouch. It should put you through your paces. How will you make it your own? Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. Could this thing change the world? How?

Option 1: Go here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Reusable-Gift-Bags/step6/Further-Improvements/   (A little simpler)

Option 2: http://www.instructables.com/id/Lazy-Wizards-Drawstring-Pouch/  (this is a little more challenging).

Always ask questions if you’re stuck. Some of us have more experience with the sewing machine, so let someone know if you need help.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project along the way, 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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