MARCH 21, 2019
Expo interactive Experiences:
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming.
Apple Swift Programming using EV3 Lego Robots Learn the Swift programming language by playing Lego on your iPad!
Swift was initiated from Apple a few years ago and is now an open-source project under Apple’s guidance. It bridges between fast coding languages like C but still supports readability and has easy to learn features like Python. Apple’s Playgrounds app makes it easy to dive into the language. To make this even more fun we will show and practice how to control a Lego EV3 robot directly from the iPad platform. As this is done from the Playgrounds app, students are able to understand basics, structures, data management and control mechanism within the Swift language.
Robotics fun for everyone 1. Arduino Radar/Sonar demonstration. Students will have an opportunity to observe a sonar demonstration on a computer screen. The screen will look like a sweeping sonar/radar screen much like that used in the military or air traffic controller. It is controlled with an Arduino Uno R3 Microcontroller and uses an ultrasonic sensor.
Lisa and Norm Dwyer:
Fun with Web Development
Making Cool Stuff with Raspberry Pi and other mad tech skills
Fix an iPhone
– take apart and replace screen and battery on an iPhone5. I will be allowing students to participate directly in this. Showing instructions from ifixit, using special tools and discussing organizational skills required.
Retro Gaming Systems
– showcasing 3 different retropi assemblies.
A). A console based system kit with an RPi 3B+ that comes with wired controllers.
B). An ultra small version of the previous console that minimal handheld version with a build-in controller, using a Raspberry Pi Zero.
C) A mobile handheld gaming system witnessed built in screen, controller and battery using a Raspberry Pi 3B+.
Raspberry Pi speaker system. Turn any speaker into an Airplay or Bluetooth speaker.
Think you need an expensive electric guitar to make good music? Think again! We’ll show you how you can make a simple, one string electric instrument in minutes with scraps from the garage! You’ll be playing the slide blues in no time!
Ham Radio? What is it?
“Things you can do with amateur radio”:
Talk around the world without the internet or cell phones. Use your own “Internet” when the “other one” is down.
Send your voice, text, and pictures to unusual places, both near and far.
Create your own network of ham radio friends and send instant text messages without cell phones.
Meet awesome people from all over the U.S. and around the world, on-the-air and in person at ham radio events.
Talk through satellites or with astronauts on board the International Space Station.
Plus student demonstrations and fantastic door prizes including, a Raspberry Pi, wireless headphones, robotic sphero-bot and many more!
The Book Fair is coming! November 7 – November 17. Preview Books and Pre-order here! http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3773850
Every birthday will show up in the pi sequence somewhere. Find your pi!
Montana Classroom Featured on the Teaching Channel! The video series, Formative Assessment Practices to Support Student Learning, features the classroom of 4th grade Helena teacher Melissa Romano as she assesses student learning during a lesson on fractions. The video highlights the various ways that a teacher can elicit evidence of student learning, as students are encouraged to verbalize their thoughts and persevere to achieve. View the video at and watch Melissa represent Montana well!