Raspberry Pi Basic

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Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: Raspberry Pi Basic

Description:  If you’ve ever used Scratch before, this basic badge uses Scratch to program a RasbPi! How cool is that! You’re going to need a few things to make this happen. You’re going to create a paper robot using Scratch and Raspberry Pi!

Part 1: Get Making! 

Go ahead and redirect yourself over to Rasperry Pi’s tutorial on this creation. It’s very detailed, and lays out all that you will need.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/getting-started-with-gpio-zero/

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Final Step! Create a quick demo video of your final creation. Take pictures and add that to your badge!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video 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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App Inventor Basic

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Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: App Inventor Basic

Description: If you’ve ever used Scratch- you’re in luck. With App Inventor 2, you can create and publish your very own Android App! Quest has its own store in the Google Play store. For this first time, you can get your feet wet, by running a few of the App Inventor tutorials, and testing your app on a real phone.

What you’ll need:

  1. http://ai2.appinventor.mit.edu
  2. http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/beginner-videos.html
  3. An Android Phone with the AI Companion App. (if you don’t have this, a student or teacher is bound to have an Android device nearby.
  4. The App for the Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.mit.appinventor.aicompanion3&hl=en

Part 1: Get Making! 

Open http://ai2.appinventor.mit.edu and sign in with your Google Account. Choose one of the beginner apps to make over at this link: http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/beginner-videos.html. Watch the overview videos, and pause, and start them as often as needed. There are four beginner apps to get moving on, so choose one (or TWO).

Part 2: Finishing Up and Publishing

For this app, let’s not publish it in the Google Play store, but upload the APK file to Google Drive.  To do this, you’ll need to download the .APK File. Go to Build—>  Save .APK to my computer.

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Then go to drive.google.com and upload your .apk file.

In Drive, click on the file, and choose the share icon on the top choices.

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Make sure that “Anyone with the Link” can open the file, then COPY that link. You’ll use that link as evidence for your badge!

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Final Step! Create a quick demo video. Use the Google Drive link and the video as evidence of completion! Now you’ll have 2 pieces of evidence!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video 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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Wearables Basic

Image via Lauren Dehrone on YouTube
Image via Lauren Dehrone on YouTube

Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: Wearables Basic

Description: For this badge, you’re going to get the LilyPad Arduino up and running. We recommend that you get your Arduino Basic badge FIRST. Go here and get that now. It will really help you grasp what you’re doing with the LilyPad. Basically, you’re going to do do two things here. Upload and run the Blink Sketch on the LilyPad, then you’re going to power the LilyPad independently with a Coin Cell battery. Now let’s get started!

Part 1: Watch this overview, which will take you through this process:

Part 2:  Get yourself over to a PC or Mac to use your Arduino IDE. Things you’ll need: 

  • You’ll also need a standard mini USB cable and an FTDI board.

The FTDI Board looks like this:

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You can use Codebender.cc or the Arduino Software, but you must use a PC or Mac, because the LilyPad requires a special driver for the FTD1 Driver. Once you open either the Arduino software or the Codebender environment, make sure it’s set for LilyPad Arduino w/ ATMega328 and whatever port you’re using on your computer.

On Codebender.cc:

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For PCs, you’ll most likely see COM3 or COM5 as a port. Macs are a bit different.

On Arduino software:

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Part 3:  Attach an LED to LilyPad Arduino like this. 

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Upload your code to the LilyPad. Copy the code below, and paste it into your code environment. Upload. If the LilyPad LED blinks, it works! 

/*
* LilyPad sample code, blink an LED attached to pin 5
*/
int LED1 = 5; // LED is connected to digital pin 5
void setup()
{
pinMode(LED1, HIGH);
}

void loop() // run over and over again
{
digitalWrite(LED1, HIGH); // set the LED on
delay(1000); // delay for 1 second
digitalWrite(LED1, LOW); // set the LED off
delay(1000); // delay for 1 second
}

Part 4: Adding a Power Supply! 

You can add a power supply with a AA battery box. Watch this video below to see how to unplug from the computer and run your Arduino to make it independent:

 

Final Step! Create your video, and now you have 2 pieces of evidence for your Arduino Basic badge!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video 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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Arduino Basic

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Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: Arduino Basic

Description: For this badge, you’re going to dip your toes into programming the Arduino UNO. You’ll start by simulating programming an Arduino microcontroller. How do you do that? Before you even pick up any hardware you’re going to use 123d.circuits.io and use this free, online tool to create and publish your first Arduino program!

Part 1: Go to 123d.Circuits.io, and Log in with an AutoDesk account. 

This could be your own Autodesk account (or the class Tinkercad Account will work). Log in, then watch this 5 minute walk through.

Part 2: Publish Your Arduino Simulation! 

To earn this badge, you will need to share your Arduino Simulation. Once you are done creating the simulation, name it:

Once you’ve named it, go back to your library, and click on your new published circuit. Copy the URL and SAVE that link. You’ll need that link for evidence of your badge.

Part 3: Now do it for REAL

Now that you’ve created your Arduino circuit, snag an Arduino Kit, and run the software on the device. Your kit should have:

  • Arduino Uno
  • A Breadboard
  • A 220 ohm resistor
  • An LED
  • A few jumper cables

Follow the rest of these directions on the Arduino website. You can also find the code for the Arduino here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Blink

Part 4:  

Upload your software using Codebender. Plug the Arduino Uno into your Chromebook, and then open Codebender and “Let’s Go.”  You’ll may notice the Blink code is pre-loaded! The challenge with Codebender is the make sure that you choose the correct port on your Chromebook for connectivity. Use this graphic to connect your LED and transistor? (Question: on the LED which one is the positive and which is negative?)

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Final Step! Create your video, and now you have 2 pieces of evidence for your Arduino Basic badge!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video 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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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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Soldering: Level 1: Build a Makey Robot and Earn a Badge!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Soldering Basic

Description: To earn Soldering 1, you”ll need to watch a short video, and build Makey Robot. He only requires a couple of soldering points, but you won’t get him to work if you do it wrong!

Fill out a Challenge Proposal. 

Steps to get accomplished: 

First thing’s first. Read this and watch the video all the way through (with headphones). It’s a great overview from Adafruit on soldering.

Next, read this article all the way through. It has extremely helpful soldering tips and coverage.

Next, read parts II and III on preparation and making a good soldering joint. Both of these really will help prepare you for being a great solderer.

Get your Makey Robot Kit and follow the instructions on this page. The instructions also are actually written right on the robot. 

http://makezine.com/projects/maker-faire-2012-electronic-skill-badge/

They’re pretty thorough. Before you solder, make sure to get a fellow maker to check out your soldering station for safety.

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:

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