Month: November 2012
“I learned about the potential aesthetic uses of conductive dough and its great versatility in creating circuits and machines. In addition to this, I learned the symbolic notation used when creating circuits and schematics. The segment so far also motivated me to go out and do some independent learning which led to my discoveries of resistance, voltage, Ohm’s law, Coulombs, and amperes, among various other electrical concepts.”
Entries from students working on game design:
“So far, I have learned about how to make a board game. I’ve learned what makes people want to play a game. We made our own game with cardboard. We learned that when you have an idea, it makes so much sense in your own brain, but it’s hard to explain it to others so that they understand it. I hope to learn how clay conducts electricity and in what ways you can use it.”
“I learned that there are more things than just ideas to games. There is also strategy and chance. It is very complicated to make a game. I also learned that teamwork helps in projects. If you do things yourself, it would be slower and less convenient. I always liked working alone because I am in charge, but working together is also good to. I want to learn how clay conducts electricity and how to program computers. We are growing up where there is a lot of technology, so this is very important. Also, my parents are both engineers and I want to be one too. I see them using computers a lot, so this should be helpful. I know I will not learn most of it, but I want to see how it works to see how I like it.”
“So far I have one thing in Michigan Makers that I have learned. I have the ideas people think of when making games.”
Entries from students working on squishy circuits:
“I love the teachers and I like the things to do. I would like to have learned more about parallel and series. I would make a statue of liberty with eyes that light up. I learned that squishy circuits are awesome!”
The past few weeks we have been very busy! We switched groups so that everyone who participated in one activity (either Game Design or Squishy Circuits) at the beginning of the year gets to try the other activity. Last week we did the introductory groundwork lesson for each group, and next we will be moving on to more exploratory fun. Here are a couple photos of what we’ve been doing:
Watch for new photos and videos from each group!
This week is election day, so we will not meet. We look forward to seeing everyone again on November 13!