MINI-DESIGN CHALLENGE (5 min)
Create a circuit that screams when the light goes off.
1) Get everyone buzzing.
This is the powerful bit - littleBits allows you to quickly create circuits to invent anything. You can get as complex or as simple as you'd like.
INTRODUCTION (5 min)
Introduce the Design Challenge:
1) Invent a spooky circuit and film a scary movie featuring your creation! You are going to work in teams to design and build a spook-tacular creation that tells a story or sets a scene, then film a short movie (between 30 sec and 3 minutes) to feature it.
2) Form participants into groups of 3-5. We like to assign roles to divide and conquer:
▪ Cinematographer -
You hold the camera. Wield it well.
▪ Set Director -
You make sure your team considers lighting, background, spooky sound cues, etc.
▪ Prop Provoker -
You encourage your team to think about creative ways to use the bits.
▪ Editor -
You consider and question how scenes fit together.
▪ Actors - You are the scary stars!
3) Introduce the bits:
What are littleBits?
What do they do?
How do they work?
Why were they created?
Sketch it out: 1) Bring everyone back together and explain that it’s time to create their prototype. Describe the process first, then model with an example idea.
BRAINSTORMING (15 min)
1) Show 2-3 videos of bits in action and 2-3 spooky projects.
2) Tell participants to write down any ideas that come to mind, then have them choose their favorite 2-3 ideas and share them with their group.
2) Participants should pick one idea they like and sketch it out. Their sketch should include:
How do you want someone to feel or react when they see your invention?
▪ What does it do?
How does your invention react when someone interacts with it? (e.g. does a sound or light turn on? Does it move?)
▪ What does it look like?
Is it frightening, covert, mystical? Draw it!
▪ How will you build it? What
materials do you need? What steps will you take to make it?Share it out:
1) Each person should share out their sketch in small groups to receive feedback. We like using the Glow, Grow, Question, Idea
feedback protocol. It helps if you model this with one group first for the rest to observe:
2) Glow, Grow, Question, Idea Protocol:
Explain that it's important to structure feedback sessions in order to keep it constructive and focused. This is a quick and simple way to have participants get feedback on their project or ideas. Being able to give and receive feedback is key to developing collaboration skills, so we want to focus on having participants practice it regularly.
▪ Glow - What do you like about it? What works? What makes it exciting and cool?
- What could be changed to make it better? What are some of the problem areas?
- Are their any clarifying or probing questions?
- Do you have ideas of ways to make it better?
3) After sharing their ideas, the group should choose one design to create. Or even better, they could mash-up all of their ideas into one!
PROTOTYPE (15 min)
Build the circuit.
1) Have participants prototype the circuit they'll feature in their movie. Remind them of the end goal (the spooky short film) and encourage them to think about their favorite scary stories or movies.
2) Explain: It's easier to make sure the basic interaction works first, then we can adapt it later to fit the materials or setting.
3) Show some examples of bit recipes:
Sound activated ghost = Power + sound trigger + bright LED
Moving Halloween Bats = Power + MotionTrigger + TimeOut + Servo Motor
Creepy RC Car = (Power + split + slide dimmer (2) + w22 Wireless transmitter) + (Power + w21 Wireless receiver + o25 dc motor + wheels) + fake hand
Alien Rotolamp = Power (2) + slide dimmer (2) + wire + split + w22 Wireless transmitter + w21 wireless receiver + o25 dc motor + bargraph