Summer 2013 I worked at iD Tech Camps (Columbia University) where I taught game design with GameSalad for iPhone and iPad for 6-weeks.
iD Tech Camp: Pied!
Each week students choose a counselor to 'pie,' I was the lucky winner during my birthday week.
Short Circuit: Basics
Week 1 of Short Circuit started off with the simplest circuit we could come up with... a watch battery (power source) + a LED light (output). For a little extra fun we made our circuits into LED Sock Puppets!
Later in the semester we added in motors and tested out different conductors (foil, bananas, humans, etc).
After learning the basics, students set out to complete group projects: giant flashlights, robots, and physical Minecraft were a few of our explorations.
By the end of the semester students were using the Arduino and coding using Processing to make DIY speakers and play with sound.
An early prototype of Physical Minecraft, the student here used a Makey-Makey and an abundance of cardboard, alligator clips, and foil to put together a 'dance pad' and sword to control Minecraft with his body instead of the keyboard. (Note: This project was a huge hit at NYPL's 2013 Emoti-Con)
We wrapped up the semester by displaying all student creations at NYPL's Emoti-Con. Here, students were given the opportunity to explain their process and see what other local students in the area are making.
Now and again we took a break and experimented with Cubelets!