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Join LVL1 in celebrating Arduino Day April 2nd 2016

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The LVL1 community will be joining in on the world-wide celebration of Arduino Day on April 2nd and we’d love for you to join us.  We will be celebrating one of the ubiquitous tools of the Maker Movement that has helped so many people by running a workshop on the Arduino hosted by Nathan Armentrout, displaying Arduino-based projects, and other activities as we get this organized.

Nathan’s workshop will be from 12 to 4pm and you can sign up on the EventBrite.

Here are some of the many Arduino-based projects folks have built; many of which you can see at our space:

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Many of our Sumobots are powered by Arduino.

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This project converted braille to RGB light as part of a hackathon designed to make useless things.

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This space monitoring station gathers various information from different sensors via an Arduino compatible chip and displays the information.

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Another useless project entry; this is a 2D printer designed to self destruct when it completes a line.

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One of my personal favorites; the Bad Idea Robot uses an Arduino to animate the LEDs when you press the button and it gives you a bad idea.

You can also check our Wiki for projects that use Arduino and other technologies; for example there’s the Magic 8-Ball Valentines Heart and the old-school LEGO Robotics Kit given new life via Arduino.

Of course we can’t forget a long-time favorite and fixture of the space; Butterscotch the Fire-breathing Robotic Pony of Doom:

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Simple Science Experiment (for the easily amused!)

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It’s probably no secret by now that I am easily amused, but I wasn’t the only one entertained by Ben Douglas’ dry ice set up at the meeting this past Tuesday. With dry ice, soap bubbles and hot water, he created a fun round of bubble popping for everyone. The bubbles squish into clouds of smoke – like magic!

 

I’ve made a video for my Youtube Channel in case you missed it. Seems like this would be great for science fair projects for young kids. Watch the Video Here.

 

 

KCD Developing Fab Lab for STEAM

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With some help and inspiration from LVL1, Kentucky Country Day School is developing a Fab Lab for STEAM.

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The ideas behind KCD’s STEAM initiative come from an enthusiastic group of teachers in math, science, and the arts, including two teachers who are also founding members of Louisville’s LVL1 hackerspace. KCD already has STEAM projects in place in the curriculum, including middle school robotics classes, a rocketry project in upper school physics, the middle school Scratch programming unit, and a middle school elective that explores math through origami. Our STEAM curriculum will build on these existing strengths; we are already planning to extend the Lego Robotics curriculum into the Lower School. Moving forward, we will continue to introduce new STEAM units and courses across all divisions.

We are particularly excited by plans to develop a fabrication laboratory — or Fab Lab — which will provide a home for many STEAM-based projects. Our goal is to equip this Fab Lab with computer-aided design workstations as well as cutting-edge tools such as a laser cutter and 3D printer. These devices will allow students to design and manufacture many of the components of the projects they will be working on.

This year, KCD teachers have been studying of the role of 21st century skills in our classes. Dean of Studies Anne Glosky points out that “STEAM curriculum enhances the core 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Our faculty is excited about expanding our STEAM offerings and continuing to provide an innovative education to our students.”

KCD is laying foundation for STEAM program

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