This week I was with Mr Mckie in tinkering. This week though we explored Makey, Makey, which comes in a set that you can buy, and create things with. The first session was about getting into small groups and discovering. The first thing I found out about were the parts. The motherboard is first…
What you are looking at here is the motherboard. it is basically the brain, it connects all of the things together to make something amazing happen. You can control it by using some alligator clips which I will explain later. You may also notice a cord, well that connects the motherboard to your computer, so if you wanted to use a sensor to control your computer you would plug this cord in to connect them to each other, (Note: you can tell if the motherboard is on by seeing the lights turn on.).
The next parts are the alligator clips, they are pretty simple. They basically earth the motherboard to the sensors, so that if you had the cord plugged into your computer, a clip on the motherboard and you touched a button on the motherboard, then it would do that to your computer. you may notice that there are also places where the clips can go on the buttons, they are for other controlled sensors, for example, if you put a clip on the button and a clip on a plant, and then you tap that plant, then it should do that to your computer, however you would still need to earth it.
I decided to try and control my computer with myself connected to the motherboard, so I was using clips to connect myself, and it worked!
Next I tried use a plant, however it did not work, I think it was because the plant was too dry.
Later that week we had to come up with something to make out of Makey, Makey. My group decided to make a DJ desk, and so we got to work, while the other members of the group went outside to get cardboard for the desk and then hot glue it all together, I started on the sound…
In the end we used the led in a pencil and it all worked out fine, here are some videos of our finished product…
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Vacuum, one of the only words in the English language that has a double u in it. It is also what my group and I tore apart today. I pull my plastic glasses over my eyes, CRACK! I slowly take off the glasses, feeling like I have found treasure from the look on my group’s faces. We all cheer as the sound echoes through my ears, when we stop I look around at the puzzled faces of my peers around me and I am brought back to reality again. I smile, and then squeeze my head into the circle of heads to get a look at this motherboard…
(Definition of motherboard-
Internet’s definition-A printed circuit board containing the principal components of a computer or other device, with connectors for other circuit boards to be slotted into.
Abby’s interpretation-The brain, it connects everything to each other to make whatever you are doing work. There are also cords that connect the main motherboard to other parts or motherboards. (Mine’s a lot simpler, isn’t it? Can you have a bracket inside a bracket?)))
It is incredible! There are so many little wires, and places for cords. I place it into the box of motherboards quickly, eager to keep going. The thing I loved about doing this is that it is like cake, you are so excited about that spoonful, and then when you think things can’t get any better, you eat another bite and that is even more awesome. That kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? Anyway, now you can stop using up energy and go eat some cake! Well, unless you want to watch this video first…
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Now I answer that question that is circling in your head, what are we doing with all, of this stuff? We are making our initials with the parts and then when you touch them they play a song. Ta Da!
Lucky for us a person in our group, her parents own Calco – timber and hardware, so we were able to order some wood from her Dad, however it will take until Friday, so today we decided to do the programing. Here are some pictures of the programs…
It works because of the link between the motherboard and computer, so that if you touch the right arrow on either the computer or motherboard it will work either way, that is all I could do for this session. So that is this blog entry finished.
WOW! It is hard to believe I have not written a blog in two whole weeks! That sounded worse than I thought it would. Ok redo. WOW! I can’t believe I have been away for two whole weeks! (that sounds better) due to sewing I have not been able to do my tinkering project over two weeks. So as you can imagine it has changed a lot! This session, because everyone had glued on their parts, (the wood came in) so we just finished painting the parts. Then it was time to find how to work LED lights. We are going to make it play music AND light up! We found a video that the boys gave us. But I couldn’t really understand it so I think I will ask them again today. It took a while with the painting so by the time they had sent the video we had to (unfortunately) pack up.
Here is a photo of the project so far…
It is such sad sorrow, saying goodbye. It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I finish my last Tinkering blog post for the year…
Yes, it was our last session to finish this off. Unfortunately, we did not get to do the LED lights, because YouTube did not make any sense at all. So by the time we had finished, gluing all the parts people had pulled off, and watched too many YouTube videos that did not make any sense, it was time to pack up.
I really do wish we had finished the project off, it would of been really cool. But some things you just have to say goodbye to.
Besides, this was a really fun project that the teachers set for us, and although my group and I did not finish it, it was great get the look finished.