Link to the class handout
- ColorLovers for getting RGB values
- Basic Fading Sketch
- Adafruit’s Hoop Earring Code
- NeoPixel Test Code
- Rainbow Goggles Code
- Adafruit’s Hoop Earring Tutorial
- Adafruit’s Hoop Earring code lasts about 7 hours
- Other code with more colors and LEDs on at the same time will have shorter battery life.
Uploading to Gemma
- if doing this at home, follow these instructions first
You will need to download and install a special version of the Arduino IDE
- Download and install drivers if using Windows
When uploading code to board do the following:
- Press the Gemma’s reset button to put it into “bootloader” mode so it will accept new code
- Upload your code within 10 seconds of pressing the reset button on your Gemma
Make Some SPARKLE! GEMMA Jewelry Earrings or Pendant
The bitty board fits perfectly in the center of a NeoPixel ring for flashy hoop earrings or a charming pendant. Click here to see how cool it is! http://learn.adafruit.com/gemma-hoop-earrings/
Students will learn basic soldering skills! Best suited for inventors ages 13 and up.
Registration Deadline is November 15 to ensure arrival of materials.
Hack Your World: Make Some Noise
Turn almost any object into a squealing noise maker. Drinking fountains into electronic whistles, trees into pianos, jello into buzzers. We’ll build the simple circuit from scratch and then explore the world to discover its noisy hack-a-bility. Students receive a Drawdio Kit to take home and use for other ‘hacky’ projects! Students will learn basic soldering skills! Ages: Grade 8 – Adult. Class limit of 6.
LittleBits are color-coded “Bits modules” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for children and adults to build simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds — from flickering lanterns to piggy banks to light-sensitive cars. Founded by MIT graduate and TED Senior Fellow Ayah Bdeir, littleBits wants to make learning about electronics more fun and accessible to spark the world’s next generation of inventors. Learn more: http://littlebits.com/projects.Best suited for inventors ages 8 and up. Class limit of 6.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is November 1 to ensure arrival of Kits!
Great idea for making an easily removable base for 3D printed objects. Brush three coats of solvent cement (? sounds like PVC cement for pipes) on a heated plate and then print directly on it. Great results according to these videos
Sign up for one FABLab Mahtomedi MAKEcations, time is running out!
Not taking a vacation this summer? Than take a Make-cation, one day camps, where you learn about 3D modeling and design, laser and vinyl cutters, circuits, music, and make lots of cool stuff in MHS FABLab. Camp Min. of 4, Max. of 8
REGISTER ONLINE AT http://mahtomedi.registryinsight.com scroll down to summer camps and clinics and select science, math and engineering camps.
Drawdio – We’ll be turning trees, fruit, and milkshakes into musical instruments. You have to see it to believe it.
BarePaint – Literally draw wires with a special pen to make a robot’s eyes light up.
LittleBits – color-coded “bits” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for chil- dren and adults to build simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds
Talking Plantduino – Talk to your plants? After this class your plant will respond with music. I’ll show you how to make any plant respond in different ways depending on how you touch it. It’s as close to magic as we can get.
Summer Sparkle – Make a summer hat, t-shirt, or anything else light up and flash with this cool eTextiles project.
Talk to your plants? After this class your plant will respond with music. I’ll show you how to make any plant respond in different ways depending on how you touch it. It’s as close to magic as we can get.
Turn a plant (or almost anything else) into musical instrument using arduino circuit boards. Learn about capacitive touch sensing and how to make your own sensors. Grades 8 and up. Bring a lunch, we’ll provide drinks and treats.
Mon., July 9
$75 (price includes arduino circuit board and other supplies
Make a summer hat, t-shirt, (or other items of cloth- ing you bring to camp) light up! Sparkle is an avant- garde way to make interactive textiles, paper, and ceramics. They’ve made it so easy to implement that anyone can create interactive works of art. Program it directly from a web browser by holding it in front of a computer screen or phone. Connect it with con- ductive thread, conductive paint, or regular wire. The only limit is your imagination.
Thurs., July 12
$65 (price includes sparkle fun starter kit)
littleBits are color-coded “bits” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for chil- dren and adults to build simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds — from flicker- ing lanterns to piggy banks to light-sensitive cars. Founded by MIT graduate and TED Senior Fellow Ayah Bdeir, littleBits wants to make learning about electronics more fun and accessible to spark the world’s next generation of inventors. Campers will each receive a Littlebit starter kit and learn how to program and make projects. Visit the web- site to learn more: http://littlebits.com/momastore.
Grades 3 and up!
Thurs., July 11
MHS FABLab $95 (price includes littleBit starter kit)
Image Source: http://littlebits.com/projects/flickering-lantern