Spring Semester Student Work Highlights

Here is a varied set of projects from the spring LWHS Device Invention (10-12 grade) and Design and Technology (9th grade) classes that, as I sorted through the semester’s documentation, caught my eye as extraordinarily innovative or generally well done.

This is a fly incubator, created for our genetics instructor, by a group of four 9th grade students. With custom-made incubation tube caddies, this container keeps the fly larvae (also known as maggots : 0) in an adjustable, temperature-regulated environment. This was created by Alex, Indigo, Max and Kaira.

This is a fly incubator, created for our genetics instructor, by a group of four 9th grade students. With custom-made incubation tube caddies, this container keeps the fly larvae (also known as maggots : 0) in an adjustable, temperature-regulated environment. This was created by Alex, Indigo, Max and Kaira.

This is an IOT project that uses RFID (radio frequency identification) to detect whether chickens have returned to the coup at night. The creator, Hannah (10th grade), noted that if the chickens do not make it back into the coup, they run the risk of being eaten at night. This system posts their status to a webpage and sends you a text at the end of the day letting you know which chickens “might be eaten”.

This is an IOT project that uses RFID (radio frequency identification) to detect whether chickens have returned to the coup at night. The creator, Hannah (10th grade), noted that if the chickens do not make it back into the coup, they run the risk of being eaten at night. This system posts their status to a webpage and sends you a text at the end of the day letting you know which chickens “might be eaten”.

Another project by Hannah and her collaborator Emily visualizes the coup conditions for some neighborhood chickens. The two students built their own data collection system to record environmental data about the chicken coups, including temperature, volume and light level. They then used P5.js to visualize the data over a 24-hour period (above)

Another project by Hannah and her collaborator Emily visualizes the coup conditions for some neighborhood chickens. The two students built their own data collection system to record environmental data about the chicken coups, including temperature, volume and light level. They then used P5.js to visualize the data over a 24-hour period (above)

This is the Arduino-based data collection system for the chicken coups.

This is the Arduino-based data collection system for the chicken coups.

Using live data, this display by Naomi (11th grade) adjusts LEDs to match the sunrise and sunset of four different cities in the US.

Using live data, this display by Naomi (11th grade) adjusts LEDs to match the sunrise and sunset of four different cities in the US.

Above are a few of the 140+ lamps we built with the 9th-grade students in the team-taught Design and Technology course. Most students start the year with little to no experience in Design and Fabrication and are required to use wood, metal, acrylic and a programmed circuit in the making of the lamp.

Here is a pair of display-based IOT projects. The one above uses an API to display local movies and average audience review scores. The one below gives bus times and utilizes a funny ASCII representation of a Muni bus.

Here is a pair of display-based IOT projects. The one above uses an API to display local movies and average audience review scores. The one below gives bus times and utilizes a funny ASCII representation of a Muni bus.

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Finally, this 4ft-diameter target for the school’s physics department, created by a group of four 9th grade students (Marco, Lea, Adam and Mirabelle), is to be used for projectile experiments. When a marble is launched and hits the target, vibration sensors let you know which of the rings the marble lands on. Your score is displayed for five seconds on a digit display. It works amazingly well!

Finally, this 4ft-diameter target for the school’s physics department, created by a group of four 9th grade students (Marco, Lea, Adam and Mirabelle), is to be used for projectile experiments. When a marble is launched and hits the target, vibration sensors let you know which of the rings the marble lands on. Your score is displayed for five seconds on a digit display. It works amazingly well!




Some of the student made amplifiers from the Fall 2018 Analog and Digital class

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.

Milo

Milo

Tiffany

Tiffany

Kyler

Kyler

Luca

Luca

Theo

Theo

Christie

Christie

Jack

Jack

Danielle

Danielle

William

William

Adam

Adam

A few of the exciting projects from the spring Device Invention class

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:

Max's Lunar Clock connects to a weather api to represent the current moon cycle.

Lois's Internet-controlled tea infuser. The steep time can be adjusted via a web app.

Kapp's martian weather monitor used NASA's mars rover API to get the current conditions. 

Sydney and Leo made an internet connected mirror that gives you the time, weather, NYT top stories and upcoming muni buses.

Nichole's project uses an LED ring and the international space station API to indicate when the space station is within the latitude and longitude of the Bay Area.


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.

Isaac, Matt and Erik visualize current over time from different custom made batteries. Each of the three circles represents a different amount of weight placed on top of the aluminium-graphite batteries, as determined by the width of the circles' diameter.  The lines that go outwards represent the current output over time.  To read time, start from the the top and go clockwise just as if you were telling time on a standard analog clock.

Luca and Harrison visualize the temperature variation across neighborhoods.


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:

Kelby's 2-watt portable solar battery pack with USB charging ability.

Ellie's 3.5-watt portable solar battery pack with USB charging ability.

Drawing Machines at LWHS

Just completed a round of drawing machines with my LWHS Device Invention class.  In only 6 short classes students build 8 unique mark-making machines.  A few are below.  See more here.

 

Brooke and Arjun

Brooke and Arjun

Iyana and Jarad

Iyana and Jarad

Zoe and Warren

Zoe and Warren