This summer I will be conducting a STEM camp. This will be my second year of doing this for students in the school where I teach. I wanted to try and add something different for 5th/6th graders. This summer I will be doing a week long camp over Arduino. Each camp participant will receive an Arduino Uno. We will be learning some of the basics of Arduino during this week long camp. In addition, students will get the chance to complete a couple of projects.
Rather than focusing only on projects with LEDs, I decided to incorporate some servos and potentiometers. One project students will build is a Rubber Band Gun. Students will use two servos to control the side to side movement and the firing of the rubber band. The potentiometers will control the servo rotating the gun and firing the gun. Below is a video explaining the steps of the process.
Below is how I wired everything up. If you click on Code Editor, you can see the code that I used to make this rubber band gun work. If you have suggestions for improving the code, I would love to hear. I am very new to this process and sure that there is a better way to wire this up and program it.
I continue to be blown away by the power of the internet. As of a month ago, I had never touched an Arduino or done anything with programming. Since purchasing an Arduino Uno, I have scoured the internet for articles and videos about getting started with Arduino. I am still very new to programming, but love the limitless possibilities with the Uno board and other electronic components. It will be a great resource and tool for working with 5th/6th grade students this summer.