Virtual Reality Level 1: Create Your Own Google Cardboard

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Virtual Reality Level 1

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: 

Upload a demo video to the Quest Steam Channel, and talk about how you made this, and what you might use it for.

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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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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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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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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Circuitry and Electronics 1: Motors and Electricity

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Circuitry Level 1

Description: In order to create any project involving a PCB, wire, or anything of depth, you’re going to need some basic skills. You’ll also want to have some soldering skills. Below are two projects that will get you started on creating some cool products, that shouldn’t take very long.

Complete ONE of the 2 projects below for beginning circuitry: 

HANG ON! Before you do these projects, it’s highly recommended you get your Soldering Badge #1 first. Go here:

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The Pizza Box Circuit:

This project uses some basic elements to create a basic circuit using cardboard, brads, and some LEDs. It’s fun!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Simple-Circuit-from-a-Pizza-Box-No-Solder/

Copper Tape Circuit 

This is a basic project that’s fun, and uses some basic soldering skills. Before you do this- get your Level 1 Soldering badge first! Then come back here and you’ll have TWO badges!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Circuit-with-Copper-Tape/

NOTE: Can you think about creating something that has a different design? Does the layout of the LEDs make a difference? Try it and make this project your own.

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

 

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

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Image via Wikimedia Commons

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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