These are of few of the portable bluetooth amplifiers from a class I teach at Lick-Wilmerding High School. Students spend a semester learning about the circuit parts as well as how the enclosure will affect the sound. Then, using skills from electronics to digital fabrication to metal and wood shop, they craft the circuit and enclosure from scratch.
It was a packed semester with students working on three distinctly different electronic projects. This year's Device Invention class started with the creation of a device that speaks, or is communicated with, wirelessly. Students were encouraged to think of wireless technology as a modern form of magic that allows an invisible stream of information pass short or long distances. Here are a few of the projects:
The second project asked students to collect and visualize data. The goal was to think about what data could be collected and then presented in a way that tells a hidden story. What can we see in the data that we could not see before? Some examples:
Pauline, Kelby and Nichole's interactive visualization showing people entering the school over the course the day.
The final short project was to design a portable solar device. The device could be a light, portable charger, or something else that can be run on 2 to 5 watts of solar generated energy. An couple examples:
The Lick-Wilmerding Booth in the Young Makers Area.
Other great things at Maker Faire: