Techno Box

Our box is showing middle schoolers how technology works with basic circuitry.

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Are you having a hard time trying to figure out how technology works? With the advancement of technology in this day in age, it becomes challenging to learn the new systems.

Our item includes: 2 LED lights, 1 servo, 1 power connecter, 1 Duracell 9v battery, 1 fork, 3 w1 speaker. wires, 1 double end, 1 oscillator, 1 keyboard, 1 speaker, and 1 box. All items, except the box, are littleBits.

We are planning to add more littleBits pieces in the box for different little projects, but we will include a set of cards that will give the students challenges to complete. On the last card, we will have it be a 'Do what you want' card so that they can create anything with many different outcomes.

A couple of examples:

Card 1) Find a way to increase the pitch of the speaker

Card 2) Find a way to only use one light

Card 3) Find a way to dim the lights

Card 4) Find a way to move the servo manually

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

We can provide a small box, contained with the much needed technology in order to teach students how technology works.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • Middle School (5-8)

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Photo of chris fancher
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I like the idea of having components in a box with a set of challenges. And by changing up what is found in the box students will never know exactly what to expect.

Photo of Brett Brownell
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Agreed. This is awesome Justin! Makes me wonder how other teachers from The Guild might be able to help build the list of questions and challenges included in the Techno Boxes.