Our second day at Castilleja brought more workshops!
I first attended 3D Design and Printing. This was a really good review of concepts I already knew, but that was ok. I worked on my design for my project: The WaterGate. This little device would measure water flow through a pipe, and when certain conditions (which I hadn’t decided on yet) were met, a pipe with flowing water would stop. This concept is to enhance one of my student’s projects. I used TinkerCad to create the design and then exported it to the 3D printer using MakerWare.
In my second workshop on the Arduino, I learned about Ardublocks. As a novice to programming, I liked Ardublocks. It’s also good for students, in that the actual could is shown along side the block code. Great learning experience for students!
I played around with the touch sensor and the temperature sensor. That lead me to my final project idea and concept. Chlorinating water is an exothermic reaction so if I put a temperature sensor at the end of my water-gate, I could indirectly measure the amount of chlorine entering the water. If the water temperature gets too high, the water becomes overchlorinated. Then I’d have a little servo motor to lower a cap at the end of the pipe. Id just need to find a way to open the pipe again.
Overall, DDD was a fascinating experience. An experience full of good people and good ideas – and with a focus on innovative educational strategies. Can’t wait for us to host it in 2015!