• Nick Fullerton

DEVELOPMENT OF A MAKER SPACE / ROBOTICS AT BLMS


For anyone who is interested in beginning a project like this at their school I cannot stress enough the importance of developing connections outside of the school for resources and support. Making links with outside agencies like community colleges, university, charitable organizations and business professionals can provide an amazing amount of support and materials. I was amazed at the support I recieved once I asked. Getting this up and running has taken the cooperation of Technicians, District Staff, partners, our local School Staff, and many others but a small piece at a time it has started to come together. I believe in the next two weeks You will see a fully functional robotics lab thanks to the generosity of many. While the Robotics course was a main focus for getting the space started it will allow it to also function as a makerspace for other students.

Our current plan for running the Robotics course will be following the pathway below. This pathway will also give the students the skill to become tinkerers on the electronics side and develop their own gadgets. Our course will use Raspberry Pi’s as the core resource to learn programming, circuits, design, etc. due to its modular nature, wide range of open source support and parts. Please note that this is only a working pathway and will likely be refined in the future.

1. Basic Linux OS skills – To be able to function in Debian (Raspberry Pi native OS)

2. Google Blockly – Introduction to computer programming, gamified logic puzzles, Hour of Code exercises

3. Google Blockly Programming – Writing basig programs using blockly, basic introduction to program design

4. (Possible) Google Blockly – GPIO programming on Raspberry Pi’s

5. Transition from Google Blocly to Python (using Google’s “translator”)

6. Python Programming – (gamified) Code Combat

7. Python Programming – JetBrains: PyCharm (windows based IDE), or NinjaIDE (Linux based IDE for RPi’s)

8. Python Syntax – Codecademy

9. Interacting with GPIO pins – Python – GPIO Zero

10. Design of prototypes

11. Development of Functional Prototypes – Learning circuits in context while programming

12. Refining process

13. Capstone project

https://developers.google.com/blockly/ (link is external)

https://blockly-games.appspot.com/ (link is external)

https://www.codeforlife.education/ (link is external)

http://www.coderbot.org/en/index.html (link is external)

https://code.org/learn (link is external)

https://www.codecademy.com/learn (link is external)

http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/index.html (link is external)

http://pinet.org.uk/ (link is external)

https://docs.python.org/2/contents.html (link is external)

http://www.robotmesh.com/project (link is external)

https://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/teach/ (link is external)

http://www.toptechboy.com/ (link is external)

http://interactivepython.org/runestone/static/overview/overview.html (link is external)

https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ (link is external)

http://codecombat.com/ (link is external)

http://pythonhosted.org/gpiozero/

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