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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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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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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Game Design Level 2: Create a BreakoutEdu Game!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Game Development Level 1

Description: Designing a BreakoutEDU game is a challenge! But the great thing is, when you’ve finished them, there are students and teachers all over the country – who will play your game! BreakoutEDU games have many different types of elements.

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal

Resources: 

Watch the video from James at BreakoutEDU:

http://www.breakoutedu.com/create

Step 2: Run a Breakout Game with a small group of students. You can use any available space. I suggest doing Candy Caper (http://www.breakoutedu.com/candy-caper). Ask your instructor for that password.

Step 2: Start here for the Breakout EDU Game Template.

Step 3: If you want to submit your game to the game store for review, click here. 

You can also check out some of the games at BreakoutEdu.com/games for inspiration.

Happy designing!

Ideas:

How are you going to make a unique game? What’s the story going to be? Can you figure out a way to use maker tech in the game to create unique experiences, like the laser cutter or 3D printers? Should you get more or different unique locks for your game? Can you make your own locks? Like this:

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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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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