Further Explorations in Simplifying Electronics for Education, Sketching in Hardware, 2012

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Further Explorations in Simplifying Electronics for Education, Sketching in Hardware, 2012

  1. 1. Further Explorations in Simplifying Electronics
  2. 2. Further Explorations in Simplifying Electronics Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and start Teaching with Junk
  3. 3. Michael ShilohTinkerer, Geek, Builder, Artist, Experimenter, Troublemaker, Educator, StudentCommunity manager and educational materials (something) at Arduinomichael@michaelshiloh.comTeachmetomake.wordpress.comTeachmetomake.com/wordpress
  4. 4. TeachCalifornia College of the ArtsSan Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco Art InstituteWorkshop/Studio on Treasure IslandAlso student at San Francisco State University (CIA)
  5. 5. Teach Me To MakeCo-founded with my partner Judy Castro (who invented most of what youll see today)Started as outreach program to underserved communities for Make: Magazine
  6. 6. ConstraintsLittle budgetVery little timeMany participants
  7. 7. Foam Core Morse Code Key
  8. 8. Clothes Pin LED Flashlight
  9. 9. 3 Color LED Flashlight
  10. 10. Clothes Pin LED Spider
  11. 11. Popsickle Stick Remote Control Racer
  12. 12. Using familiar household objectsCost
  13. 13. Using familiar household objectsCostSeemed to make it easier to understand the hard stuff
  14. 14. Using familiar household objectsCostSeemed to make it easier to understand the hard stuffSuppressed barriers to understanding
  15. 15. Cheap, Quick, EasyOne-time
  16. 16. College Level?Teaching physical computing to non-engineersEspecially in art schools
  17. 17. College levelMore depthSomewhat constrained at beginning butOpen endedRelatively inexpensive
  18. 18. Coffeebots!
  19. 19. CoffeebotsHalf-joke for an art show“Robots in search of Personality”Amazed to discover that people learned Arduino and sat in front of a computer for up to an hour in an art gallery setting (even during the opening reception!)
  20. 20. What did we learnHousehold objects reduce fear of not understandingPeople love working with stuff that has personality
  21. 21. Carmen
  22. 22. Buzz Lightyear
  23. 23. Charlie
  24. 24. Arduino ($30)Solarbotics gear motor ($20)Battery case, switch, and power plug ($4)Battery ($3)HeaderTransistors, photoresistors, resistors ($5)Popsickle sticks, coffee cans, etc.Wire, glue, solder, etc.
  25. 25. What do students Learn?
  26. 26. Drive Train and Chassis
  27. 27. Power Distribution
  28. 28. Control of High Current
  29. 29. Sensors
  30. 30. Connections to Arduino
  31. 31. What about flexibility?More Sensors?More Actuators?Different wiring?
  32. 32. Solderless Breadboard?
  33. 33. Disaster
  34. 34. Just a few simple extensions
  35. 35. LED
  36. 36. Problems and SolutionsStrain relief at motor (glue wires first, then solder)Soldering large connections (e.g. power distribution) melts hot glue (mechanically attach by twisting wires around stick)
  37. 37. ConclusionsNon-standard parts and construction immediately gives personality
  38. 38. ConclusionsNon-standard parts and construction immediately gives personalityStudents build on that by selecting parts that reinforce the perceived or desired personality
  39. 39. ConclusionsNon-standard parts and construction immediately gives personalityStudents build on that by selecting parts that reinforce the perceived or desired personalityStudents bond with their new friend
  40. 40. ConclusionsNon-standard parts and construction immediately gives personalityStudents build on that by selecting parts that reinforce the perceived or desired personalityStudents bond with their new friendStudents are eager to give their new friend personality and features
  41. 41. Conclusion (cont.)Learning Happens!
  42. 42. LinksCoffeebot partsteachmetomake.com/wordpress/coffeebotMonthy open workshopsteachmetomake.com/wordpress/arduino-club

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