First Light: Electric Paint Lamp Kit

Perfect timing to build on the ‘Dynamic Circuits’ workshop we’ve just delivered with The Ada Show, and continue that exploration through creative tech.

If it weren’t for watching paint dry (literally, that’s not an opinion!), the instructions and boxed kit were so intuitive that it could’ve been ‘open to first light’ in under 10 minutes.

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A quick starter with the twist board and templates saw us up and running with the touch lamp, and origami themes soon emerging.

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Next to tinker with the dimmer and proximity variations before we embark on a personalised project.

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3D Festive Pi Hack

Told the kids they could crack open the selection box if they cracked the Python code.

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10 minutes later and I was left with the leftovers.  Next challenge is to change the colour, sequence and I get to keep the Curlywurly 😍

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Best festive accessory available for the Raspberry Pi from The Pi Hut.

Foldscope: Unlocking the wonders of STEM with more origami.

Grasping the opportunity to attend Fablearn ’15 offered me THE best CPD for MakerED. It also introduced me to another network and through that came an awareness and excitement surrounding this Foldscope project.

More details on the link about the inspiring work by Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski at Stanford University.  If you’re not aware of Foldscope as ‘the pencil of microscopy’, then take a couple of minutes to view the TED talk below:

 

Fast forward to today and my set of Foldscope packs from the Kickstarter campaign has arrived. They’ll be built at a later date as a collaborative project.

But first to build and test our own pocket microscope for family adventures.

Definitely the origami microscope, no glue required and the only tech we needed was to recap with video tutorials!

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Fifteen minutes later and we’ve added a leaf to the first slide for closer inspection, heard the first ‘wow’ and ideas are starting to emerge.

What you do and don’t want to see in your own the kitchen 😫

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Next steps are further explorations and then we’ll consider curriculum tie in.

For the time being, though, we’re concentrating on more ‘wow’ moments through STEM.  And enjoying them.

Just as a side note, how funny to witness the younger investigators realising that putting a lens over your eye doesn’t automatically take you into a VR world.  Real world Science in your own surroundings, at that exact time, is definitely wow 🙌