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Professional Development from MakeyMakey

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With the coronavirus, I wanted something I could learn about while having some fun and down time, without staring at my Netflix account too much.

I recently found an opportunity to take an online PD from MakeyMakey, presented by Tom Heck.

This course, called 'Beyond the Banana" explores electric circuitry that can be created and adapted to the MakeyMakey, a circut board that connects to a computer via USB. The MakeyMakey acts as a keyboard for the computer to add inputs from the real world.

As the MakeyMakey works as a keyboard, you can program with websites like Scratch, Tynker, or just play a piano.

I created an Indiana Jones drawing, that played the song as well. The Makey Makey was plugged into all of its' front ports, and a few letters via wire plugs on the back. It interacted with this website piano.



My final project was to create a Instructable that goes through the design of an invention. My invention was more of an adaptation of an idea, to create a game I could …

Starting to work from home...

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So today I decided to start working from home during the #covid_19 emergency. I’m working on building professional development for teachers, responding to emails, and planning student tutorials. It’s new, but not scary. Looking forward to seeing how far my school grows with new skills!

DonkeyCar: Raspberry Pi Controlled Robot Car

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Last summer, I worked with students at Waupaca Middle School to create robotic cars. We started building from instructions from donkeycar.com, to build cars powered by Raspberry Pi computers.


This process was technical, but my students did much of the heavy lifting. I created the disk images for the students, and my 3d printer was printing some of the largest parts ahead of time for our two week course. We were successful in creating drivable cars, within a week! 
Here is a list of what the students did: Disassemble necessary parts of the carAssembly.Mounting battery.Finding the codes for calibrating the cars.3d printing parts.programing in their codes, launching the driving website.designing a road course for the cars.connecting a tablet to drive their car.driving the cars.and learning to fix the cars... when they didn't work so well. Here is the process that we followed.

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