See physical models of a volcano and solar system where students have created projects with sensors and other electronic interactivity without any prior knowledge of scripted coding while still learning the fundamentals of programming. Requires a Mac or Windows OS device.
Purpose & objective
The purpose of this poster session is to clearly show educators and IT directors a lowest-threshold-possible (Papert: "Low threshold, high ceiling") way of introducing both the makerspace types of projects and the logic of programming (without requiring coding).
The objective is that teachers will be able to help students add interactive electronics to projects, and inspire those students to create projects that demonstrate more STEM/STEAM skills and more sophisticated learning outcomes.
As a poster session with people continually arriving and leaving, there is not so much an outline, as a plan to what is available when they arrive.
Available for viewing and discussion with the presenter will be two student projects where a student-created physical model is integrated into a digital multimedia presentation on a laptop computer. One model will demonstrate using a Macintosh, and the other using Windows.
Participants will be able to view first-hand and up-close the lights, sensors and wiring used in the project, and be able to go through the action of adding their own LED to a "breadboard" to see how it works.
An exciting and motivating enhancement of student projects is a physical model with sensors and other electronic interactivity. However, this often immediately requires learning some form of coded (scripted) programming, which then creates an equally immediate barrier to learning about how computers enable interactivity, because of the necessity of learning the grammar and syntax of the scripted language rather than simply the fundamentals of "how things work" and the logic (not the syntax) of programming,
This poster session demonstrates an approach that does not require program scripts (coding), to use light, heat, pressure and motion sensors to activate lights, motors, and even computer actions such as opening web-pages and subject-related documents.
The session will demonstrate student-created volcano and solar system projects with lights to indicate different parts of the model, and sensors that activate a spoken narration when those parts are touched.
Arduino Main site: http://arduino.cc
https://www.edsurge.com/n/2013-05-22-review-invent-to-learn-by-sylvia-libow-martinez-and-gary-stager (not affiliated with this
presentation, but an excellent book on the topic)
How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education: