Overview

Design, build and program intelligent reactions to mechanical actions (Art Installations) by using the PICO Cricket kits. Learners explore resources to gain knowledge of basic electrical components, simple circuitry, chain reactions and the Engineering Design Process to meet the design challenge. Through this project-based challenge, learners apply their understanding of circuits and chain reactions to design and build a PICO Cricket creation.

Circuits: Making Connections

Learners investigate different combinations of electrical components (switches, electrical cables, LED's, buzzers, and a battery pack) and create varying types of circuits. Learners then explore household objects (cardboard, coat hangers, aluminum foil, milk/juice cartons, construction paper) and construct their own homemade switches.

PICO Cricket Art Installations: Art in Motion

Learners engage and explore the PICO Cricket kits to design their own creations (Art installations). Students gain skills in construction and programming by a) learning skills necessary to construct various creations from the components in the PICO Cricket kits (control unit, input and output sensors, motor, gears, connecting wires, axils, connectors, and LEGO pieces), b) exploring concepts of stability, appearance, sensor interactions, and performance.

Chain Reactions: We're All Connected

Learners increase their awareness that small changes affect the global scheme (action-reaction) by exploring chain reactions and Rube Goldberg models. A Rube Goldberg model is an engineered machine that usually includes a chain reaction that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion. Learners explore a collection of household items (marbles, string, aluminum foil, straws, tape, cups, race car track, construction paper etc.) and scavenged items (small mechanical toys, stuffed animals, switches, small electronic gadgets, etc.) and using the Engineering Design Process, iteratively construct unique chain reactions.

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