Making a Difference Through Lego Robotics

Making a Difference Through Lego Robotics

The older members involved in the Lego League have begun to create autonomous robots. These robots will have to complete 10 challenges in 2 and half minutes in an arena completely on their own. In order to program their robots the members use coding to tell it what to do. The robot will have to complete challenges that include shooting a football in a goal and opening doors.

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This project is a part of the First Lego League (FLL) Challenge World Class learning unleashed program ran by Lego. Not only does this project include the young people working to design an autonomous robot, but there is another half to the project. The clubhouse members have to research how to make learning easier for others through innovation. They are doing a great job, and making a difference while they have fun!

 

Getting Ready for “Get Your Spook On!”

Getting Ready for “Get Your Spook On!”

The Costumes for our Halloween celebration, “Get Your Spook On!” are coming along great!

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The young people at the clubhouse have been working hard alongside Steven and our mentors Boxy, Antonia, and Alexa making the costumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The members are almost finished with the costumes and have become experts at stilt-walking! Here’s the result of the stilt-walkers and the costumes below!

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The young people are very excited for their celebration and to show off their costumes and stilt-walking!

The clubhouse members did some face painting in the Halloween spirit to wrap up the Halloween project before next Friday’s event.

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Meet us here at the Computer Clubhouse at 3 pm next Friday, October 31st, if you want to come to “Get Your Spook On!” It’ll be quite the scare!

Advanced Makers Week Two, Raspberry Pi & Arduino

Raspberry Pi

This week Kenneth configured the Raspberry Pi to work with the camera module and the Wifi dongle. He learnt a lot of new Linux commands experimenting with the camera module taking pictures and film.  Kenneth is now going to develop a project for the Christmas showcase using the Rpi.

Arduino

Kiara has been working through the tutorials on Adafruit to learn about the Arduino micro controller. This week Kiara interfaced a LCD display to the Arduino and experimented with the code. Kiara has been looking at some game ideas to showcase at Christmas using the Arduino. Kiara looked at designing a “Simon Says”, Operation or the Steady Hand Game. After lots of thinking she chose to design and build a very COMPLICATED  and CHALLENGING Steady Hand Game. We’re all looking forward to having a go!!!

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Advanced Makers Week Two, Modular Synthesizer Project

Advanced Makers Week Two, Modular Synthesizer Project

For the past two weeks, three clubhouse members, Ryan, Luke, and Marta have been working to make a modular synthesizer, which emits sound in a specific sequence depending on certain variables. The rate at which the synthesizer beeps can be affected by light sensors or a control knob. The construction of this project has many parts that all need to come together for it to function properly. The majority of the components are assembled by the young people from scratch under the guidance of Thomas, a mentor. The young people have been constructing chips that will either become a sequencer, timer, or amplifier. To do this, they solder resistors and wires to the chips which will later be connected to a big board. So far, the progress has been immense. They’re almost done making the chips and soon it will be time to put them all together to make the synthesizer. Below are some actions shots during the session.

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Advance Making – Soldering

Advance Making – Soldering

Yesterday at our first Advanced Making class our members were able begin soldering LED lights and setting them to blink using Arduino, thanks to our experts Tom and Des!

 

They were able to experiment with Raspberry Pi and started to build circuits as well.

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We are excited to see what projects they will create next!

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