Computer Science Level 3: Create a Javascript Interactive

 

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Skill Level: Computer Science Level 3

Badges Earned: CS Level 3

Description: To earn your Computer Science Level 2 badge, you will need to complete one course in Codecademy.com and create an Javascript Interactive. This course is Javascript Basics You can preview the course here. One you’re done, you’ll use Mozilla’s Thimble website to create your choice of a number of Javascript interactives. Upload your evidence of completion for both the course (Codecademy profile link) and link to your thimble project, and you’re done!

[Note: if you already HAVE your Javascript badge- great! All you’ll need to do is go on to Part 2. Woo hoo!

Part 1:

Go to www.codecademy.com, sign up/in with Google, and start your learning adventure- now! Complete the Javascript course- and ask questions along the way. This can be done from anywhere (not just during STEAM time).

Part 2:

Go to https://thimble.mozilla.org/ and sign up (using your Google Account).

Now- choose one of the following fun Javascript interactives to complete:

Back to School Postcard. 

Homework Excuse Generator 

For each of these, to get your instructions, click on the Tutorial tab. It will walk you through each project.

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures, screenshots, 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.

Now go get your badges!

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Computer Science Level 2: Create an HMTL Interactive

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Skill Level: Computer Science Level 2

Badges Earned: CS Level 2

Description: To earn your Computer Science Level 2 badge, you will need to complete one course in Codecademy.com and create an HTML Interactive. This course is HTML and CSS  You can preview the course here. One you’re done, you’ll use Mozilla’s Thimble website to create your choice of a number of HTML and CSS interactives. Upload your evidence of completion for both the course (Codecademy profile link) and link to your thimble project, and you’re done!

[Note: if you already HAVE your HTML/CSS badge- great! All you’ll need to do is go on to Part 2. Woo hoo!

Part 1: 

Go to www.codecademy.com, sign up/in with Google, and start your learning adventure- now! Complete that course- and ask questions along the way. This can be done from anywhere (not just during STEAM time).

Part 2: 

Go to https://thimble.mozilla.org/ and sign up (using your Google Account).

Now- choose one of the following HTML / CSS interactives to complete:

Keep Calm on Carry on Remix

Create Your Own Comic

My Six Word Summer Remix

For each of these, to get your instructions, click on the Tutorial tab. It will walk you through each project.

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures, screenshots, 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:

Now, go get your badges! 

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Consumer Science Level 3: Create a Manifesto With Vinyl

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Skill Level: Level 3

Badges Earned: Consumer Science 3

Description: Almost every company has what is called a mission statement. Quest Academy has one hanging up on a sign in the foyer and also on its website.  Google’s mission is on their About page. More and more, companies are going beyond missions, and creating what is called a Manifesto. Manifestos are culture documents- that encompass many different beliefs by an entire group of people. These manifestos have evolved into works of art. You can google “company manifesto” and get treated to lots of interesting ones. Check out these:

Company Manifestos:

Lululemon: http://www.lululemon.com/about/manifesto 

A Video Manifesto from Acumen: http://acumen.org/manifesto/

Community Manifestos: 

How about a manifesto that represents a community? Like Women Business Owners? Or a group of innovators?

Women in Business Manifesto

The Expert Enough Manifesto

Personal Manifestos:

The Linchpin Manifesto

Holstee Manifesto

Part 1: Get Your Vinyl Cutting Badge 

If you haven’t got your Vinyl Cutter badge- GO HERE and get that badge!

Part 2: Decide on a type

After looking at all the above options, decide whether you’re going to create a personal manifesto, a community manifesto, or a company (or organization) manifesto. If you want to do a Company manifesto- are there some local companies that you could reach out to, to help them create theirs? Family member that has a personal business with a decent customer base?

We recommend creating a community manifesto or one that represents a group. How about one that represents “young women of the future” or “innovative kids.”

Part 3: Create a Survey

If you decide to go a Community, Group, or Company manifesto- create a Google form survey with three fill in the blank questions. Example question:

What is one word you would use to describe Quest students? ________________

You can then use those survey quotes and one word responses to create a Manifesto Graphic like above. If you make a community or group manifesto – you absolutely have to get words and belief statements from the groups you’re representing. For

Part 4: Create Your Vector Graphic. 

Before we dive into a graphics program, let’s make sure we know what vector art is:

Using Adobe Illustrator on a PC, Pixlr, Google Drawings or Corel Draw- create a piece of vector art. SKETCH THIS OUT FIRST. This will be one color artwork that will cut out nicely on the vinyl cutter. It should have clear edges and not extremely small lines (as those may not pull out of the vinyl printer very nicely).

Remember that the output size of your final piece of artwork doesn’t have to just conform to one sheet of vinyl paper (12″ x 24″), but could use multiple sheets to fill up an entire doorway, large plate glass window, or other large wall.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final product, and get an instructor to visually check out your product, when finished. 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. What’s the best way to show this off?

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

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Circuitry and Electronics Level 3: Littlebits Solutions

Skill Level: Level 3

Badges Earned: Electronics and Circuitry Level 3

Description: Now that you’ve had a chance to create your own circuits, it’s time to build a solution, using Littlebits parts and circuits. Littlebits are snap together circuits, but they can really be “amped” up to create solutions for many problems. We’re going to use Littlebits to create something original and amazing that: solves a problem. 

Start by taking a look at some of these projects. Find a few that you like:

http://littlebits.cc/projects 

Option 1: Fork a project. 

Forking a project, is taking a previous project, but then modifying and building on it, to create something that is completely your own. Like any research project, you need to give credit to original authors of the project. Remember to fill out a challenge proposal and start defining your problem. 

Option 2: Build your own idea.

You can certainly have been “inspired” by some of the above projects, but if you want to create something totally your own with Littlebits- that’s your second option. Remember to also fill out a challenge proposal.

What’s a good problem to solve? 

Remember that specific problems = specific audiences. Solving boredom is never a real problem, but creating, say, a mechanical pencil someone those people who might need assistance is. 

Time to completion:  No more than three weeks. 

How long should this project take you? This Littlebits project should take you a maximum of three weeks. Remember to create something to challenge yourself. Create lofty goals. Aim high.

NOTE: Can you think about creating something that has a different design? 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 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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