Make It! Break It! – Lego Faces

Make It! Break It! – Lego Faces

“First when we came into Make It! Break It! we had a talk about what we were going to make that day. Then we got split into groups, I was with Nadia & Natalia. Angel & Bianca were together and the other Natalia was with Priscilla. After we were in groups, we started to make Lego Faces. First we needed to get the lego pieces and then we assembled it. At the end we connected NXT driver to the Lego Face. We put on wheels and got to watch it move! My favourite part of todays project was working in teams, putting together the pieces and wheels and watching it move! I would like to try this again with more robots!”

– Rachel, Age 9

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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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The Break it! Make it! Gang

The Break it! Make it! Gang

The Break it! Make it! Gang had their first Making workshop “Painting with Light last Thursday evening. They had great fun building light wands with LEDs. They then created strange and wonderful images using their light wands and a DSLR camera.

If you’re interested in trying this for yourself visit exploratorium, its great addictive fun!

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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