skills. The Challenge showed our students that creating something
seemingly out of reach, like a self-driving car, is within their grasp.
True empowerment with
sensors comes when a
student can move beyond
using some of the more
basic components. When
students are able to take a
sensor they have never
seen before and figure out
how to make it work, they
have reached a new level.
An example of how we
nudge our students towards
this goal is by providing them with access to a Microsoft Kinect, heartbeat
monitors, radio wave transmitters/ receivers, and Android phones to
program. This access forces students to use their background knowledge
of familiar sensors along with research skills to create and invent
something using these more advanced sensors. It helps students realize
that the work they are doing is what is changing their world.
Two middle school students work on their
High school student uses a Microsoft Kinect depth map to create an
interactive space program