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Six hours may seem like a long time to work on a project, but time flies when you are having fun and lunch was provided. The first order of business was connecting the LilyPad to a computer and learning how to upload code to it. There is an on-board LED you can flash in patterns without adding any circuity.
My Example Template
The next job is deciding on the project. My examples were just to show the possibilities. The girls were free to come up with their own designs. Having an internet connected computer and Google helped with inspiration. Project ideas ranged from a floral arrangement with blinking LEDs (my favorite) to an Opera singer whose dress would play different tones when touched.
In the introduction, I told the girls that they were going to get frustrated at some point during the day and that they were going to have to have faith that:
- The problem would be because of a logical, discoverable reason, and that ...
- If they had patience and were persistent, they could discover and solve the problem.