Overall, this robot is useful for incorporating art and sound to projects. There is an area for coding as well for more advanced users.
Before bringing the Touch Board into the classroom, familiarize yourself with the board. Keep in mind, that there are other useful supplies to pair with the Touch Boards. Please note that you will need speakers or earphones/headphones that are compatible with an audio jack for this robot. The library does not provide these audio devices.
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Bare Conductive Touch Board in the Classroom
- Tutorial Lesson: Spend a class time allowing students to familiarize themselves with the Touch Board. The Getting Started page includes the fundamentals that students should know before starting a project. If time permits, allow students to work on guided projects. There are five short projects found on the Bare Conductive page.
- Graphic Sensors: The electric paint provided in these kits allows the user to create any artwork they desire while doubling the artwork as a sensor. This activity will allow students to create any visual they would like for any MP3 file they would like. Follow the attached link to view a step-by-step tutorial.
- Objects as Sensors: There are an endless amount of sensors that users can use to activate the electrodes. Have students look around the classroom for objects that can potentially be used as sensors. The kit provides crocodile clips to attach one side of the clip to the electrode and the other side to the sensor. Educators can take advantage of this activity to teach students about electricity and conductivity.
- Making Distance Sensors: Utilize the coding opportunity of this board by switching the proximity coding to do different functions. If students are comfortable, try having them make their own code. This kind of lesson is perfect for a computer science course.
- Touch Board + Grapher: Combine the Touch Board program with a graphing program to test the sensitivity of the electrodes. The program can be downloaded on the link provided.
Endless ideas found on the Bare Conductive page.