Well into the New Year!

In our first session of 2017 a few of our scholars were introduced to a very interesting piece of technology known as Makey Makey. Full of innovative thoughts, our scholars got to work as they created game pads and more. With the help of only a few wires, cardboard, aluminum foil, and a Makey Makey Board, they were able to do what they saw fit. Through out the session many of our scholars attacked the challenge of building a playable maze through Scratch. With help from their highly developed problem solving skills, our scholars completed the task and racked up some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.

 

Makey Makey Making Artists

In today’s session some of our 8th graders showed of their more artistic side. Using the now well known Makey Makey technology, the scholars manipulated the wires and buttons to able to play the piano to some well known songs. The biggest collector of attention definitely came from the Makey Makey personalized Dance Dance Revolution remake. With some slight difficulty, a few of the scholars were able to dance along to the song of their choice with varied difficulties. A few other of our scholars continued along with Scratch. In the program they remixed different games and told time with their Scholar made clocks.

 

Makey Makey Masters

During our last session the scholars turned their imaginations into a reality with the help of the Makey Makey board. Chairs became game pads, cardboard became a computer mouse, and more; our scholars had a picture in their mind and they went after it. After going through a few markers, a lot of tape, and multiple scraps of cardboard hit the ground, they were all able to arrive to a working piece of innovative tech designed by themselves. As many messed with the Makey Makey, a few of the scholars went into Scratch to go through the complexities of building their own simplistic, working clock. All of our scholars have definitely racked up some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.

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Well Into the New Year!

In our first session of 2017 a few of our scholars got intoduced to a very interesting piece of technology known as Makey Makey. Full of innovative thoughts, our scholars got to work as they created gamepads, musical instruments, and more. With the help of a few wires, cardboard, aluminum foil, and a Makey Makey board, the scholarss were able to create what they saw fit. Through out the session many of our also scholars attacked the challenge of creating a maze in Scratch. With some grit, and the help of their problem solving solving skills, they eventually put together some great mazes and earned themselves some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.

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At the MSI!

Our esteemed 8th grade Stem Scholars paid a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry where their day was filled with the spirit of innovation. They “traveled through time” as they saw the creations of the past leading up to those of our time. Each and every technological invention had a unique story to appreciate and countless number of people it benefited both past and present. The day was then ended with the exploration of the innovation world. Dozens of different companies and organizations gathered for a fair at the MSI. Our scholars walked around with a plethora of questions. Each presentation was just as interesting as the last.

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Portfolios

Today in HackShop, we are finishing up our projects and portfolios for the end of the year. The students are using basic HTML to change their portfolios to the way they want it. Some of those changes are the color of the words, the font, and the background images. Down below are some of the students unfinished portfolios.

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Free Geek

Last week, Hack Shop went on a field trip to Free Geek. Free Geek is an organization that provides recycled computers to the undeserved communities at a cheaper price. On our trip there we learned about the process of building an computer, and even got a chance to practice with some of it.  Down below you will see some pictures of the field trip.

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Our Makey Makey

In Hackshop today we are working on Makey Makey. Makey Makey is a program where you can connect the usb port to your computer, and connect the wires to something that includes metal. You can use the makey makey to do a certain amount of things. Those things are to make controllers to play small games like Pac Man, and other arcade games. You can also stick the wires into the bananas, and make a banana keyboard. Today the kids are connecting the Makey Makey to the computer and trying to make controllers to play small arcade games. Below are some pictures from Google showing the banana and Pac Man Makey Makey’s.

 

Here is how ours came out when we connected ours to the computer.

Here is how ours came out when we connect ours to the computer

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