Today, all of the Sorrell Superstars finished building their Star Trek doors. Now they are all working on programming "version one" of the door. Version 1 means that the door opens when the touch sensor is pressed. As the door opens , music plays. The light sensor will tell the motor to stop when a certain level of reflected light is read by the sensor. The door stays open for a specific amount of time (decided on by the students) and then the door closes. Then, repeat!
Once the students have shown mastery of this program, they are allowed to program the door on their own. Some students are choosing to program using the distance sensor. This means that the door opens when an object gets to a certain distance in front of the door (like a door at HEB or Target). Some students are programming the door to open using the sound sensor (like "The Clapper"). And some are adding more music for special effects.
On Thursday, the students will finish programming their Star Trek doors, so we can share on Friday. Then unfortunately, the students will have to disassemble their doors and clean up. The students are not usually too happy about this last part. It is sad to see their hard work and effort being taken apart. But we have to be ready for the next class.
Continuing to build the whole child...