Parts that have been ordered for the Edu-cubes started arriving in our mailboxes at the end of the week. We are testing two types of displays. One is a monochrome LCD display which had previously been used in Nokia phones. I ran into a bit of trouble with my arduino last night that had nothing to do with the displays and everything to do with the hookup wire I was using. Fortunately, the arduino survived, and I’m able to output text to the display.
The message is a result of spending a few unplanned hours digging the end of the wire out of the pin socket on the arduino.
The other display we are evaluating is a color touchscreen. We’ll post updates when we have that setup and running.
We’re still looking for people to get involved with this project, and people interested in becoming members of Workshop 88. If you want to work with us on the project, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want more information on Workshop 88, send an email to email@example.com or hit us up on twitter: twitter.com/Workshop88
A little over two weeks ago, Mitch Altman announced the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge. Workshop 88 is one of the 30 hackerspaces across the world participating in this event.
For the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge we are planning to design and build a set of interactive cubes which students could use by themselves or in groups to explore and master concepts covered in their schoolwork. These cubes are to be a platform to learn or teach a wide array of topics covered over the entire K-12 curriculum and beyond. A first generation set of cubes that we plan to build could be used as interactive flashcards. We envision a future set of cubes which can communicate with each other and provide feedback to the students using them in order to guide learning. The cubes will be easily adapted by teachers to fit whatever lesson is being taught, yet flexible enough to foster student creativity.
The cubes will be made of low cost electronic components and design will focus on minimizing power consumption while maximizing configurability and portability. Cubes will be able to be configured by defining a glyph to be displayed to the user and will contain some logic to interact with an adjacent cubes dependent upon the glyph that they are displaying. The cubes will be able to be reprogrammed, recharged, and store metrics for use by educators.
We are so thrilled to be a part of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge! Are you interested in helping us out over the next 6 weeks? Let us know!