Human-Centered Design (with Arduino Microcontrollers)

$199.00

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)

Age: 11~14

June 29th – July 3rd, Monday ~ Friday

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mountain Time

SKU: SUMMER-2020-ARDUINO-HUMAN Category:

Description

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).

 


 

Instructor

Wayne is the Build a Robot advisor and instructor. He also teaches robotics engineering camps at CU Science Discovery and is a technologist in residence at the ATLAS Institute, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Wayne founded and manages the Boulder U-Fix-It Clinic, where participants learn to repair broken appliances, toys and electronics with help from volunteer “fix-it” coaches. Previously, Wayne was a product manager and software engineering manager at Oracle and Sun Microsystems, responsible for service automation technologies and operating systems development. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)His interests include STEAM education and musical instrument user interfaces, and his work experiences include operating systems and networking, home and office automation, electronics, CAD/CAM, database replication, software localization and telecommunications.

 


Prerequisite

Age: 11~14

This class is an extension to Intro to Arduino and Physical Computing, but students with equivalent Arduino experience are welcome.

Online Class access information will be emailed one week prior to the start of the class. If materials are involved, materials will be shipped two weeks prior to start of the class.

NO extra materials will be sent for this class. A Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit is REQUIRED for this class and must be purchased separately (see link below).

Technology Requirements:

  1.  Internet access
  2.  Windows PC, Mac, or Linux with Webcam, microphone, speaker (or headphone with integrated mic).
  3. Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/15267 ($99)
  4. Consider what you might want to use for your project, purchase some sensors and actuators to connect to your Arduino.

Examples:

    1. Soil Moisture Sensor
    2. Loudness Sensor
    3. Digital Temperature Sensor
    4. Humidity Sensor Breakout
    5. Human Presence Sensor Breakout
    6. Ambient Light Sensor
    7. Proximity Sensor
    8. Environmental Sensor
    9. Air Quality Sensor
    10. SparkFun Sensor Kit (lots of sensors, if you have the budget)
    11. OpenMV H7 Camera
    12. Qwiic LED Stick
    13. Qwiic Arcade Button

       5. Install the Arduino IDE on the computer the student will be using for the class.
        Follow these Sparkfun instructions to:

Is parent involvement needed? NO

Class Schedule

June 29th – July 3rd, Monday ~ Friday

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mountain Time


Materials Needed

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, consider what you might want to use for your project, and purchase some sensors and actuators to connect to your Arduino.

Examples:

    1. Soil Moisture Sensor
    2. Loudness Sensor
    3. Digital Temperature Sensor
    4. Humidity Sensor Breakout
    5. Human Presence Sensor Breakout
    6. Ambient Light Sensor
    7. Proximity Sensor
    8. Environmental Sensor
    9. Air Quality Sensor
    10. SparkFun Sensor Kit (lots of sensors, if you have the budget)
    11. OpenMV H7 Camera
    12. Qwiic LED Stick
    13. Qwiic Arcade Button