Weekend Making

For some reason, I was feeling super productive this weekend.  Yesterday, I did some work around the house and then spent a ridiculous amount of time on the fish simulation my class is working on.  They’ve each made their own classes of fish and now we’re putting them all together.

CS II Fish Tank Sim
CS II Fish Tank Sim

I added the ability to feed the fish and fixed a couple of problems.  There’s still a few more things to fix, but all in all, I think it turned out well.  I’m planning to project it on the large screen outside my classroom.  Related to that, I tried to get my Raspberry Pi working; however, I’m failing badly.  Right now, I can’t get the Pi to power up.  So I have the boot disk loaded, but there’s no power.  Hoping to get that fixed soon because ideally, that’s what I’ll connect to the screen.  I’m pretty excited about it.

In my 6th grade class, we’re working on games and building arcade boxes to outfit the lab with for an Arcade Day to be held in a couple of weeks.  The kids started building their boxes out of cardboard and duct tape last week and this weekend I bought spray paint so we can make them uber awesome.  Their games are pretty awesome too.  We have breakout, a unicorn racing game, a horse jumping game and a maze game, all built in Scratch.  I’ll share as soon as they’re done.

arcade box

Finally, I picked up supplies for my next Crafty Tech Club project.  We’re going to make an electronic origami flower garden.  I’ve been thinking about this for a while and even ventured to The Hacktory with friends to work on it.  Today, I picked up the origami paper and a green tri-fold to use as the “grass”.  My idea is that each student will make an origami flower with an LED in it and then we’ll affix it to the poster board with copper tape incorporating a switch of some kind so that people can make it light up.  We might create two circuits so multiple parts light up.  We’ll see.  At our next meeting, we’re going to plan the circuit(s) and fold the flowers.  When we’re done, I’m going to hang the garden somewhere in the school where people can see it and play with it.  I’m kind of giddy about the whole thing.  I just hope it works.


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