In this course, students will learn fundamentals of electronics and programming as they create their own interactive stuffed animal. Using a small computer called a LilyPad Arduino, conductive thread, and some simple programming, students combine sewing and circuitry in the form of a friendly monster that can light up, make noise, and respond to touch. No prior knowledge of programming or working with electronics is required.
Key Topics: Arduino Programming • Design • Electrical Engineering & Circuitry
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Students practice hooking up their Lilypad to the computer and program their LED to blink using Arduino software. Students observe how a change in code can alter the output of their hardware.
Students program their LEDs to blink patterns including a heartbeat or candle. Students experiment with time frames and copy their digitalWrite and delay statements many times to achieve the desired effect.
Students cut out their monsters from felt and sketch out where their LED and Lilypad will go. Students will then use conductive thread to stitch the hardware in the felt and complete their monsters.
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Across i2 Courses, Teachers Agree that Students Showed Persistence with Difficult Tasks
Monsters Designed and Programmed
"The difference was that we learned from experiments and never learned from a BOOK!!!!!!!!!"
"In school we have to write down all this work and study it, but here you can just learn it from seeing an example and get the hang of it."
"I felt like I wasn't inferior to the teacher and could easily communicate with them."