Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Newton's 3rd Law

My practicum student set up 5 stations for kids to see Newton's 3rd Law.  For every action there is a equal and opposite reaction.

Slow Mo Yo
Balloon Cars
Hero's Engine
Ballon Car Go

Monday, February 27, 2017

Grit or Knowledge? In their own words:

What is the best predictor of success, knowledge or grit?  Why?

A Day of Tractors

I haven't posted in awhile sorry.  Here are shot from our Tractor pull.  The winners pulled 618grams.
Programing and weights
Big wheels keep on turning.
I put felt on the bottom to reduce the friction.
Ready to rock
A sandcrawler

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Ton of Tractors

Just a bunch of pictures of tractors.  Wednesday is go time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Testing, One, Two....

Once prototypes are built they must be tested and modified. Last year I built a robot board to test.
Finishing touches
Bike tire for traction.
More testing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Flurry of Printing

The 3d printer has been running non stop today.  Many have checked and double checked to make sure that their design will work.
A popular shape
A different version.
Some measure correctly.  Some not so much.
Some fit like a glove.

Construction Begins

Some brought some stuff from home, some have gathered materials from around the room, and some are still designing.
A toy repurposed
Clorox Sphero?
A toy hacking truck
Tinkercad Go!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Designing a Chariot

Today I introduced Sphero tractor pull.  Students will design a device that will allow Sphero to carry weight over a distance of 70cm.  The chariot or tractor that carries the most weight wins.
White Boards
Tinkercad.  Oh! My!

Innovation Hour Week 3

The Robotics group is in full swing.  Kids are making.  Here are some photos.
A bonus to our group is a lawn mower that Mr. Rachal brought in for a student to get running again.
Creating a Drone
Scavenging computer parts
More SAMS Lab
Some Toy Hacking
A 3d Print

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Today We Code

In order to get kids ready for our next project they needed some time to with Sphero.  Sphero is a robotic ball that can be programmed with a tablet or cell phone.
Sprk App
Writing code
The room
Sphero Wrestling
Pretty Colors