Additional resources mentioned in The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun
Software Used in Projects
||TurtleArt is an easy to use, block-based programming language that allows students to use mathematical reasoning, problem solving, counting, measurement,
geometry and computer programming to create beautiful images.
||Scratch is a free programming language available from the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group. Like Turtle Art, Scratch is a descendant of the Logo programming language that was invented by Dr. Seymour Papert, Cynthia Solomon, and others. These programming languages contain powerful ideas about how children learn that make them particularly relevant for today’s classroom.Scratch is available in two versions: Scratch 1.4 which must be downloaded onto your computer, and Scratch 2.0 which runs in most browsers and does not require downloading.
||Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. For the Guide to Fun projects, this software is used to convert the .png file from TurtleArt to an .svg file for use with Tinkercad.
|| Tinkercad is an online 3D modeling Computer Aided Design (CAD) program that is usable by Kindergarten students and adults alike.
|LEGO WeDo Squeak image
||A Squeak image that allows you to connect two LEGO Power Function motors to the USB hub.
|| Drivers needed to set up the PicoBoard.
Hardware Used in Projects
||The MaKey MaKey is an interface board that allows you to connect anything in the world that is conductive to your computer. The computer interprets these connections as keyboard presses.
||There are many options for 3D printers. Any 3D printer can be used in these projects.
|| The LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set contains a USB hub, a tilt sensor, a distance sensor, a motor, and assorted bricks and connectors. It allows you to extend your existing LEGO bricks and sets by connecting to your computer and programming Scratch to read the sensors and turn the motor on and off with varying levels of power.
||The PicoBoard is a sensor board that includes a microphone, a light sensor, a button, a slider, and four inputs that measure resistance. It can be used with Scratch to allow interaction between the world and your Scratch projects.
Recommended Suppliers of Parts & Kits
Sparkfun, Adafruit, MakerShed, Digi-Key