In this hands-on camp, campers will design and build projects that use microcontroller technology to address human needs. Campers will identify opportunities to entertain, assist, and improve the lives of family and friends. They will present their ideas to one another, provide constructive feedback, and build prototypes. They will, also, learn about various sensors and actuators that can be used with microcontrollers to measure and affect the human environment.
Example projects include:
- Monitor soil moisture in gardens and alert people when it’s time to water the plants
- Enable a person with a physical disability to control lights, etc. in their home
- Measure indoor air quality to assess environmental health in the home
- Greet a visitor with sounds or lights
- Sense sound levels to determine if there is a risk to hearing
- Play a musical instrument that is controlled by gestures
- Make an electronic pet with wheels that can follow and provide companionship
This session’s Social Emotional Learning Topic is Purpose.
The Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit is required for this camp, and is available for purchase at: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/15267 ($99). In addition, you may want to purchase sensors or actuators for your project (see Materials Needed section below for ideas).