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LED Lightsaber

1 year ago
What if I combined two things I love into a fun project? "I created the lightsaber with fluorescent light tube packaging, a strip of neopixels, some paint, some wires and electronics, and 3D printed pieces. First, I coded the neopixels to turn on and off with a pin press using a Bboard and microbit. I then modeled the hilt using Tinkercad and 3D printed it in several pieces. Next, I painted the plastic with acrylic paint and paint markers, then coated it with modge podge to both seal in the paint and give it a more matte and glossy finish. I used hot glue to hold the plastic together and soldered the wires together, and did the same with an on/off switch. I attached the wires to the Bboard, as they did not need to be soldered into place. Lastly, the tube fitted snugly into the rainguard, finishing the lightsaber."
Automating the survival of tomatosphere plants! Students have, and continue, to code moisture sensors to indicate when plants need to be watered. The sensor measures the moisture of the soil and then our microbit lights up the microbit LEDs with an icon to let us know the condition. We're working on attaching LED light strips that will be even more visual to let us know when the soil is dry. Eventually, we will code to get the lights on timers to ensure our tomatoes get enough light/darkness so they grow and produce fruit. Eventually, we'd like to extend it to our hydroponics project and make our soil-plants have their own self-watering apparatus.

3D Animals

1 year ago
We designed animals using 3D shapes and printed them in 3D We used a website called tinkercad and created animals out of 3D shapes and printed them off in our classroom
This is a project to build a house for the birds in my backyard "After researching on the web I discovered that each type of bird has certain features they like to see in a birdhouse. I wanted to build a house for a wren or a chickadee. The other bird houses in my backyard have starlings in it, which prefer a bigger hole and a bigger house. The birdhouse needed to be made out of natural products (wood), and with paint only on the outside. I chose not to put a perch as I read that birds can get in and out without one. The entrance hole for a wren is at 1 inch and 1/8th. I drew the pieces of the bird house on a piece of paper with a ruler to make sure the pieces would fit together. Than I drew the lines on a wood board for my father to cut the pieces with a power saw. Then I marked the pieces in the locations they would be joined together using wood biscuits and glue. Once the pieces were marked, my father used an electric biscuit joiner to cut the slots for the biscuits. I them put all the pieces of wood for the bird house walls and bottom together with out glue, using the biscuits on their own just to make sure everything fit. I then disassembled and reassembled the birdhouse walls, but this time also using wood glue and let the project dry overnight. The two pieces for the roof were added also using glue but with wood screws instead of biscuits. After painting the bird house in natural brown, I installed a metal frame under the house, so a long hollow metal pole could screw into it. We then planted the pole in the ground so that the birdhouse was high up, to keep birds safe."
Our project involves a cross-curricular application of creative problem solving through 3D design. Students learned the basics of Tinkercad and 3D design. They each selected an animal to learn about and design. Students had the opportunity to engage in writing projects and apply geometric principles in addition to learning new technological skills.
Mise en place d'une banque de données accessibles virtuellement sans internet dans un milieu où il n'y a ni commodité technologique, ni électricité.