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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Taxi With No Driver!

Google Driveless Car

Google has already test driven over a million of these cars all over the streets of Mountain View, California, and Austin,Texas. This cars have no drivers in it or a steering wheel, gas and brake. It can hold up to two people and drives approximately at 25 MPH. One person said that they saw the car approach a red light with no driver, and they didn’t think that they were going to stop. When the car got to the red light, it really shocked the couple because it stopped and let people cross the street, and when the light turned green the car casually drove off like any other car. There are a few kinks that needs to be worked out before being available for purchase. One of the biggest kinks that needs to be worked out is the sensors. When one of the cars approaches a four way stop, the sensors started to act crazy because they kept on picking up the other cars on their sensors. The car wouldn’t move until all the other cars around it completely stop. The car has been out since 2009, there have been 16 crashes, mostly fender benders. Google says that every time one of the cars was hit, it would be another human fault. For example on August 20 the Google car was slowing down so it wouldn’t hit a car, then the Google employee manually applied the brakes, and the person behind the car crashed into the back. They would be out for purchase in 2020.

I personally think that this Google cars shouldn’t be out in the streets 1for a number of reasons. The main reason is because the systems inside the cars can easily crash or have a glitch. If it is a lot of cars are on the street then it will cause a big commotion throughout the streets. It would be a lot of accidents, and if they are bad enough, deaths. Another reason is because it would hold up a lot of traffic. I say that because the max the car goes is 25 MPH. If it is rush hour and the cars are moving that slow it would hold a lot of people up. If Google wants to solve this problems then they could program it to drive at the speed it is supposed to be. The last main problem I have with this car is that there is no one controlling the car. I think that you cannot depend on technology so much that you will let it drive you around. Me,personally,I can’t depend on technology to drive me around.

I personally think that this Google cars shouldn’t be out in the streets for a number of reasons. The main reason is because the systems inside the cars can easily crash or have a glitch. If it is a lot of cars on the street then it will cost a big commotion through out the streets. It woul be a lot of accidents and if they are bad enough deaths. Another reason is because it would hold up a lot of traffic. I say that because the max the car goes is 25 MPH, if it is rush hour and the cars are moving that slow it would hold a lot of people up. If Google want to solve this problems then the could program it to drive at the speed it is suppose to be. The last main problem I have with this car is that it is no one controllinng the car. I think that you cannot depend on technology so much were you will let it drive you around, me personally I can’t depend on technology to drive me around.

 

It’s a Beautiful Day 11

Todayeaster-cute-bunny-source_br4 started off rather interesting. We share a classroom with a family of bunnies and saw that the bunnies had new babies. So Dr.Friedman decided to give them the names Floppy, Mopsy, and Peter. Thus coming from the beloved tale of Peter Rabbit. If only Spring could be here already. One more week to go.

Todays agenda included working on Scratch, Arduino, and or MIT App Inventor. App Inventor includes creating fun games for any android device like a phone or tablet. The new Arduino challenges include LEDs and push buttons.

Josh and Christian worked on MIT App Inventor and created a game where if you tap on a mole you receive points where as Jonathan and Denise are working on Arduino. They are working on adding push buttons to the Arduino board itself. Each group has a different goal and work through the problems along the way with the help of each other, and Dr.Friedman. What are some problems they faced?

The problem Christian and Josh faced were aligning the image sprites with the holes in their game. Johnathan and Denise faced some problems with the Arduino board turning on and with the program git hub. Sometimes the problems are minor and sometimes they are major, just like chords on a piano. Sometimes the problems are with the software or with the hardware. More of the hardware problems come from the Arduino board. Most of the software problems come from Scratch. Once the problems are solved the outcome is quite awesome and am amazing. Keep up the good work guys. I hope you have a good Spring Break everyone. Happy Easter and see you on April 11th.