Today in class we are working on making an controller or a holiday card to go with our Makey Makeys. You will see groups working on the projects up above. The cool thing about the controllers is that you can play games off the internet with your own controllers such as Pac-Man.
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
Today the 8th graders are working on finishing up their Would You Rather pages. First they all had to sketch out how the pages would look, while using Webmaker and bits of coding to make it on their devices. Down below are some of their sketches.
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.
Today 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.
As day 11 commences we started off with MIT App Inventor. MIT App inventor is a program that allows people to create apps on their own android device. Today’s activity included creating a magic 8 ball app that’s tells your fortune. It is very similar to a program that we have recently used called Scratch. After creating our amazing apps we got to explore the wonderful Field Museum. Some pics will be posted have a good day:)
Welcome to Day 10. Today we focused on continuing Arduino 101 and or Scratch. Remember arduino? Arduino is a board that can be programmed and talked to to ultimately create bigger projects. They can be used to make interactive projects such as some robotics and can be connected to light sensors as well.
Arduino engineers learned to use github to manage software and learned how to control and talk to the arduino board itself. By talking to the board they eventually learned to control a blinking light on the board and were able to be in total control.Scratch web makers continued their white hat hacking and continued changing the web.
Welcome to 2015 everyone, today and leading on until the end of the year was all about either learning more about hardware or software. Software can be defined as something found in a computer or as simple as a recipe in a cookbook. Hardware can be just as easily altered and changed but in different ways. For example you can change the recipes actual text just like changing a computer’s code or instructions. But changing the computers hardware would be changing the pieces inside of it. With both hardware and software you can alter and change the object or the object’s instructons.
Today was our annual Christmas party at Holy Trinity but it wouldn’t be a party without learning a little too. So first we worked on our Christmas Animation card. Then were featured on a game show hosted by Dr. Friedman himself, and then worked on math with Ms. Nemeth. Finally we exchanged our goodbyes and said, Merry Christmas everyone!!! See you all next year.