Wearable Tech Level 1: Create an Interactive Conductive Ornament

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Wearable Technology 1

Description: If you’ve completed your intro to The Sewing Machine, we want to take that idea, and add an interactive piece to it, using conductive thread, batteries, and LEDs. What could you add to your bag that would allow for it to light up, sense something around it or do something?

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal 

Part 1: Sketch out a drawing for a logo or brand for your bag. Use Google Drawings or some other software to print this out.

Part 2: We’re going to use this Instructable here called LED Christmas Tree Ornament. However, you can make your design a logo, not a Christmas tree. The design is up to you.

http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Christmas-Tree-Ornament-Using-Conductive-Threa/

You will absolutely want to take a look at this video on how to use regular LEDs an integrate them into your circuit.

PLEASE WATCH: Watch the video from here:

 See how she uses regular LEDs and twists them to incorporate them into her design?  

Part 3: 

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. Add this to your bag!

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. 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. Here’s a great example. 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 2: LEGO Mindstorms Color Sorter!

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Machines and Robotics Level 2

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Description: In level 1 of Machines and Robotics you created a simple robot. The robot moved about a surface in the same direction, with the same speed, regardless of the environment. Basically, it did no thinking, made no decisions, did not react to input. In level 2 of Machines and Robotics, you will build a “smarter” robot: a color sorter. Your first task is to build the color sorter using the instructions provided below. Make sure you test your robot. Once you are satisfied that your robot works, improve it! What can you change to make it better, more useful, more efficient?

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.

Mindstorms Software:

Before you begin building, familiarize yourself with the Mindstorm Software (already installed on the desktops) and Mindstorm sensors. Click here to watch and follow along the 3 videos below.

  • Create your first program
  • Make your robot move
  • Make your robot respond to touch

Build, program and test your sorter:

Follow the directions in this document to build your sorter. The instructions do not include the code blocks, so you will put together the program yourself. If you have programmed in scratch, then you are familiar with the logic.

Improve your sorter:

This is where you get to show your creativity. Now that you are familiar with building, programming, and testing Mindstorm Robots, what improvements can you make? You can watch more videos here for inspiration.

Some tips along the way: Don’t forget to take pictures along the way. 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 1 minute.

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

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