We had a great Teen Tech Week session here in Memphis today! [I was worried because Tuesday no one showed up for an Open Lab Session :( ] Today we had eight really engaged, bright teens and tweens. I think our youngest was nine. I began the session by walking everyone through the steps to build a simple circuit (like we all did in Minneapolis training). Then, we all added switches to our circuits. After much fumbling, everyone was on board. Then we moved to Scratch and wrote simple programs exploring the pico boards. Everyone loved the toilet paper roll controllers, but I think the most popular sensing block was 'loud'. I thought that was ironic especially in a library setting! Soon, everyone was dreaming up controllers left and right. Then I took apart an old Nintendo Entertainment System Power Pad. Mostly cause I was 'geeked out' about it. We hooked it up to the sensors too, and soon everyone was talking about making their own DDR pads at home. All in all, I think the session was energizing for them and me! [Sometimes it's difficult to keep having programs when zero attendance is a common occurence.]
We had NO internet access, although everyone saved their projects to the laptops, no one could post them online.
I might post them later in the next couple of days under my Scratch account just so you guys can see what projects were created and saved. Pictures are to follow as well.
Things that I would change for next year:
I would have more supplies on hand. This year are budget was about 25$, which I blew [and then some] on LED's, Lithium batteries, and wire. Also, more examples of different types of controllers would be great. And, of course, reliable Wi-Fi would be a blessing for any session!
Well, that's all for now.