Have you ever wanted your stuffed animals or other toys to come alive? Now they can! In this course, work with fabric and electronics to make your own interactive friend. You will use conductive thread, felt, lights, speakers and sensors, to make a soft and cuddly monster that responds to you. Learn how to use programming to make your creature play music and glow at your command.
In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of programming with MATLAB while making your own music with sensors. With the programming language used by scientists and engineers today, you will turn if-statements, for-loops, and functions into rhythms, melodies, and harmonies through an Arduino and sensors. Working with friends you can compose and visualize your own music and invent your own symphonic creations. At the end of the course, take home your own electronics to continue fine tuning your musical inventions. No prior knowledge of programming or working with electronics is required.
The Tonograph is a home-made four-key keyboard that produces different tones. Learn about electricity, electronics, and sensors as you design your own tonograph and modify it so that, in addition to sound, a keystroke can light a colored LED, make a small object move, or even be used to communicate encoded information.
Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology, in this course you will learn how to build different robots and program them to move. You will work with motors and sensors, and explore how light, touch, sound, ultrasonic, color and accelerometer sensors can enhance our robots. You will model real-life mechanisms and use creativity, logic and problem-solving skills. Invent your own robots, and find out how exciting it can be to bring the digital world of computers into our physical world.
Have you ever wondered about who makes the machines that make all our “stuff,” and how they work? You will learn about our world of manufacturing, and the ever-increasing role that robots play in the process. Teams of campers will collaborate to design and build a multi-robot assembly-line style BuilderBot, which will be tasked with building a new LEGO object. (Campers must take Robotics I or have previous experience with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to enroll.)