Sunday, August 1, 2010

Circuitology at Harris Science Camp @ IU

IU's Paper Airplane building lab
Okay, so circuitology isn't a recognized word, at least not yet (is it?), but this was the topic of discussion (including e-textiles) for two days at the The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) at Indiana University in Bloomington on July 19th & 21st. The free two-week residential summer camp takes place at over 30 selected universities across the US every year emphasizing increasing underrepresented middle school students mathematics and science skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as potential career paths.  IU hosted from 60-70 campers and camp leaders during the program.

Ben leading the Airplane workshop
IU's CT programming team, Ben and Alex, led the first three 90 minute sessions on July 19th.  Each group of attendees were given an intro to circuits then built the paper airplane tutorial Ben designed (see the blog on the Boys and Girls Club implementation to download Ben's Airplane tutorial).

Building the plane

The project is low cost (1 piece of printed paper, 2 (non LilyPad) LEDs, cut strips of conductive tape, one 3V battery, large paperclip), simple and the youth can fly the airplane with lights glowing at the end of the session.

The focus is on bending LEDs

The flight!!

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