After a week off for the “Get Your Spook On” Halloween party, the Advanced Makers are back at it again. This week they are continuing their work on the modular synthesizer by making the sequencer for the board. They use solder to attach LEDs to the decade counter, the device that counts one to eight and keeps the pace for the sequencer. Along with the sound, The LEDs flash each time the sound is emitted from the specific node. Once the sequencer is finished, everything will be connected with guitar leads and will be ready to go on the board. Things are coming together nicely and everyone is looking forward to playing with the synthesizer when it is finished. Below are some pictures of the young people working on the decade counter as well as the counter itself. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.