Drone Day

On May 20th, Tech 101 Kids went to participate in the 2nd annual Drone day event sponsored by IDream Engineering. Students and teachers from the IDream Engineering program set up four stations in the school gym to teach everyone the basic principles of creating and flying a drone. One station for building, another for programming, and the last two stations for flying the drone.

In the first station, the students in charge were guiding participants on how to build your drone.

In the second station, participants were taught how to program the drone using block code similar to the programming method also used by Scratch.

Finally, it was time to test your robot in flight, the third station was a search and rescue mission, where you had to fly the drone through a maze to get to multiple checkpoints and back.

Then once you mastered flying the robot, you were able to move onto the fourth station, the obstacle course, where you had to pilot your drone through a series of obstacles. Once you’ve completed all of the stations; building, programming, and flying the drone, you would receive a prize, a fidget spinner, for all of your hard work. The student teachers there were very knowledgeable about drones and were excellent teachers since they could easily explain the science of the drone to the participants of the event.

We had a great time and learned a lot!  Thanks IDream Engineering for the invitation, looking forward next year’s Drone Day!

Newark Mini Maker Faire 2017

On May 6th, Saturday morning, Tech 101 Kids attended the annual Newark Mini Maker Faire, wowing kids and adults with our spontaneous creations. This year was another great faire, where we displayed the classic innovations that everyone loves, the unforgettable Makey Makey, the impressive Mindstorms, the brain-teasing Rubik’s cubes, Joseph’s gizmos of fun, and the child-friendly SNM (Spinning Notecard Machine).

Along with the classics, we also brought a bundle of new creations with us. Like the HoloTats, an augmented reality tattoo that once put on becomes your own pet wherever you go! If you want to find out more about these tattoos make sure to check out their website and if you want to buy some check out our shop. Augmented reality business cards that you can check out more over here on a blog Brandon posted. With these, we also brought a chess set made out of entirely nuts screws and bolts! We had spent a few days making the set after getting the parts. You can check out our progress on the chess set by checking out our Instagram page. We were very excited to present these new attractions and see how kids responded to them. Luckily they were very welcomed! They were great attractions and brought spice to our station.

Unforgettable Makey Makeys
Spinning Notecard Machine
Augmented Reality Business Card
The MindCub3r

There were tons of other great attractions located all around the museum as well as outside of the museum.

 

Main Hall

Outside Exhibitors
Power Tool Drag Racing

It was a great experience and we can’t wait to be reinvited back next year!

Makey Makey Minecraft Bow Tutorial by Tech 101 Kids

 

This is the Makey Makey Minecraft Bow Controlled Bow or  the MMMBCB for short.

For this project you will need the following items:

Option #1 If you want to shoot an arrow:

  • 1 Makey Makey
  • 1 Usb that connnects the Makey Makey to the computer
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Bow
  • 2 Alligator Clips
  • Electrical Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Minecraft Game

Option #2 If you want to shoot an arrow and turn left and right:

  • 1 Makey Makey
  • 1 Usb that connnects the Makey Makey to the computer
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Bow
  • 2 Wires
  • 4 Alligator Clips
  • Electrical Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Minecraft Game

Step One:   Layout all your materials on a flat surface.
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Step Two: Connect one side of the alligator clip to ground on the makey makey and connect the other side to the string of the bow. If the bow does not contain a rubber coating for the fingers then take tin foil and wrap it around the alligator clip and over the string securing the alligator clip in place.

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Step Three:  Take your other alligator clip and insert one end into the click on the makey makey. Take the other end and place it on the handle of the bow, wrap it in tinfoil once, and then tape electrical tape on the edges of the tinfoil so it doesn’t fall off.

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Step Four: Take your usb cable and connect it to your makey makey and computer. Pull up minecraft onto the computer and go into a game.

 

STEP FIVE**** This is a very crucial step, if you do not do it then the bow will not work.  Go into the settings of minecraft and change the left click to right click and right click to left click.

 

Step Six: If you followed all the steps correctly then it should work fine. Go ahead and try out your new bow

 

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Option #2

*Step Seven*: If you chose to go with Option #2 then do all the steps above and the next two steps.

 

Step Eight:  Take one of your wire and connect to A4. Connect the other end to the an alligator clip and place it somewhere near the handle of your bow so you can move while drawing back your bow. Wrap it in tin foil and surround it in electrical tape once.

 

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Step Nine: Do the same thing as in Step Eight but take a different wire and connect it to A3.

 

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And that just about wraps it up. Have fun and make sure to keep track for our next tutorial.

**Note**

Feel free to mess around and experiment with this project.

 

 

Learn more about the Makey Makey here

 

BUY your own makey makey here

Popsicle Catapult

The catapult is a machine that throws projectiles (items). With this one machine, we can learn about physics, engineering, projectile motion, and kinetic energy.

Let’s start with physics. Physics is a form of math that deals with the motion of everyday objects, like a ball being shot form a catapult. The main laws of physics are Newton’s three laws of motion, but for now we will focus on Newton’s first and third law.

  • Newton’s first law, or the law of inertia, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
  • Newton’s third law, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Continuing off with engineering, it is the design or creation of a new invention, or even developing a new method to make that invention. With engineering, we can create new designs for the catapult for better or for worse.

Projectile motion is the movement of the item that the catapult is launching. With projectile motion and also physics, it is possible to determine where to aim, where the item will land, and how to adjust your aim.

Finally, a catapult teaches kinetic energy. kinetic energy is energy, or even electricity, created by motion (movement).

Now here are some instructions to build a very basic catapult, which you can learn from, and eventually even use engineering to create a new and better design for your catapult.

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  • 9 Popsicle Sticks
  • 1 Bottle Cap
  • 3 Small Rubber Bands
  • 1 Medium or Big Rubber Band
  • Adult Assistance with Hot Glue (Works best, but you can use any other strong glue, or even Elmer’s Glue)

Step 1

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  • Take seven Popsicle sticks and stack them upon each other.
  • Then take a small rubber band and wrap it around one edge of the stack, and the same thing for the other side with another small rubber band.

Step 2

  • Take the last two Popsicle sticks, stack them upon each other, use the last small rubber band and wrap it onto one of the edges.

 

Step 3

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  • Take the two stack Popsicle stick, spread apart the edge that isn’t held by a rubber band, and slide the seven stack Popsicle stick in between.

 

 

Step 4

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  • Take the medium or big rubber band and wrap it around the center of your catapult (Adult assistance may be needed)

 

 

Step 5

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  • On this step, adult assistance is greatly advised, glue your bottle cap to the top Popsicle stick with the opening up.

 

 

Step 6

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  • Have fun with friends and family and make multiple catapults.

 

 

 

Play some games when you have a chance.

 

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Makers Faire New York

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This is a giant, fire shooting, man controlled robot, but this wasn’t the only awesome project that there was. Today I went to the Makers Faire, in New York, and let me tell you this, it was huge! There were so many fun things to see and to try. I really loved the originality of some of the booths. There were dancing robots, music Tesla Coils, there were robots that would play catch with you, and so much more. Another reason why I loved to be there, was because I learned so many new and cool projects and ideas that will be really fun to try out. I had a great, fun time, experiencing and learning a lot at the Makers Faire. -Bryan Pinos

 

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This photo is me and Bryan standing next to our long lost twins that we found at the Makers Faire. What a coincidence!    Today me and my family took a one hour drive to NY to go to the Makers Faire. Once we got there we were instantly greeted with free drinks and exhibits everywhere. They had everything from robots to circuits to caged drone fights. This picture was taken at the Microsoft tent.   The picture is taken on a smartphone and projected onto the screen made out of led strips. Something I learned to keep in mind is that to watch where you step at Makers Faire because you can accidentally step on a robot. I learned a lot and had a great and cant wait to go again. -Brandon Pinos

 

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This photo is one of my favorite exhibits in the Makers Faire. This is a robot called CHIP that uses the arduino UNO. Chip has some stuff that needs to put in place so you can get its eyes to light up. Some of the items I used for Chip were LED’s, pin wires, a knob, the arduino, and the bread-board. It didn’t take to long to make it, it was quite easy. We even bought our own Chip to do it at home it was fun making it at the Makers  Faire and at my house.  I really enjoyed the Makers Faire-Joseph Pinos

Tech 101 Kids at Jefferson Elementary School

 

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Rubik’s Cube Presentation at Jefferson Fifth Grade

On Friday the 18th I went to Jefferson Elementary School, Mr. Oliva’s fifth grade class, as Tech 101 4 Kids, to get his students interested in Rubik’s Cubes. I began our session by telling them about the history of Rubik’s cubes; who made it, Ernő Rubik, the different kinds of cubes; 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, 6×6, 7×7, pyramid, mirror, and much more. Also about the different ways you can solve them, as in two hands, one hand, blindfolded, with your feet, and even underwater. There are competitions where you compete for the best time, and the good that Rubik’s cubes teach, like, memorization, eye-hand coordination, problem solving skills, and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IMG_0099 (3)

We had enough time to teach them the first few steps of the Rubik’s cube, and for the looks on their faces and the sounds of their voices, I think they’ll be learning as much as they can on their own. This wasn’t just fun for the students, but also for their teachers too. I had a fun experience going and teaching in my past teachers classroom with his students.

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*The Rubik’s Cubes used in this class, our clubs, and other activities were kindly donated to us by the MIT Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey in the summer of 2014.