On Thursday July 9 we’ll meet in Clippinger 036 to learn about programming in Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu) with Dr. Chang Liu from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This will be a great chance to get a better handle on programming through the graphical programming environment, Scratch, created by en educational technology group at the MIT Media Lab.
July 2 will be an Open Work night in Clippinger 036. We will have the Arduino Kits available as well as the Makey Makeys. We will also have a couple of tubs of K’Nex and Legos. Bring your ideas and projects, work with your friends, or just explore some more!
The Makey Makey is a small arduino-powered board that can emulate a keyboard or a mouse using anything that can conduct electricity. Hook it up to yourself and a banana and suddenly you’re controlling the computer using a banana keyboard! See http://makeymakey.com/ We will meet from 6-8PM in Clippinger 036. I will provide a variety of materials to try out ( a few bananas, some playdough, aluminum foil, etc…) but if you have things you’d like to try (within reason!), bring it in!
Resource Link: http://lucas.phy.ohiou.edu/~lucas/makeymakey
Dr. Shad Paris, the leader of last year’s Fiery Chemistry Workshop, has planned a Polymer Party for the June 25th Maker’s session! (note date change) (6-8PM) Come make nylon and a variety of other materials while you learn about polymers that are all around us! You’ll want to wear closed toe shoes and long pants, preferably. And while it’s not a huge issue, if you have reactions to strong smells, make sure you are prepared. We will be using the hoods. We will gather in Clippinger 194 for an introduction and then head down to the labs. No reservations necessary.
Where: Clippinger 036, Ohio University, Athens OH.
What: The Arduino Microcontroller is a small computer that allows one to easily interface with the world: light lights, sense buttons, run motors, …. This open-source design is one of the major fixtures in the modern-day Do-It-Yourself community. Our first two Maker gatherings of the summer will focus on the Arduino. We’ll have projects for both beginners and more advanced users. Workshops are for Middle School and High-school aged kids. Parents are encouraged to hang around, especially for the younger kids. We will have a collection of kits, but feel free to bring your own if you have one.
Thursday August 7 – 6-8PM
One last evening for anyone who wants to hang out, ask questions, or complete projects. We will have the Legos and K’nex out as well as other projects. If you are working to tune up your CArduino, insectbot, or Arduino project, this is a good time to touch base!
Thursday July 31 – 6-8PM
Dr. Seann Dikkers
Uniquely, mobile devices can locate a person within a few meters. Unlike many mobile applications, some of them can use location to tell stories and involve the player in location-based games – or augmented reality. This session will introduce you to this genre of digital narratives and we’ll spend most of our time learning to design and make location based interactive adventures. No programming skills are needed, we’ll show you all you need to know to make your own. Bring your own laptop and iOS device if you have them, we’ll have a few extras if you do not
Thursday July 10 – 6-8PM Clippinger 045
So what’s really going on with these electrical circuits? Mr. Brandon Saunders will lead a hands-on session on Introductory Electronics: What is voltage? Current? How do you use a voltmeter? How do we make motors run? (Voltage Regulators and H-bridges)
This is leading up to CArduino project the following week.
Thursday July 17 – 6-8PM Clippinger 045
We will be assembling a wheeled robot base that can be used with the Arduino. The base and other supplies will be about $25. You can then use your existing Arduino to provide the brains. If you don’t have an Arduino, you can borrow one to try it out.
I have a couple of $25 kits that include an Arduino and breadboard that could be purchased to flesh out the robot if need be.
*** Brandon will need to know Thursday night if you are looking to attend the workshop so that he can order the parts.
Here are some links we will use for the InsectBot workshop:
Here is a link to the set of instructions we will use: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/40097
Once it comes time to start programming the InsectBot, here is some sample code you can download: