Summer is a wonderful time for kids to practice innovation, collaboration, and creativity! In partnership with Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), Michigan Tech will be offering another STEAM program for Traverse City youth. This course will be offered for kids from 7th to 10th grade, and will teach students how to program LEDs to create their very own glowing cloud light show!
The goal of this project is to introduce STEAM, a combination of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to the youth of Traverse City. This program focuses specifically on the technology and art aspects of STEAM. Over the course of 4 days, students will learn how to program an Arduino microcontroller for a string of multicolor LED lights with its own unique color pattern. Students will then design a cloud structure using paper lanterns wrapped in cotton, and put it all together as a completed floating piece of art. The class will be taught by Jay Meldrum, faculty member of Michigan Tech, with the help of Michigan Tech students.
Suggested grade level:
This course is recommended for kids from 7th to 10th grade. No prior programming experience is required, as this is an introductory level program!
- Learn how to program an Arduino Uno using the Arduino programming application.
- Learn how to write code to instruct the WS2812 LED strips to light up in their own unique color patterns.
- Be creative! Create your own unique cloud structure to wrap the LED strip around. Choose different LED light settings for a variety of possibilities.
This four day course will be held through the dates of July 31st to August 3rd from 8 am to 12 pm. Classes will be held at the Sabin Data Center in Traverse City (2075 Cass Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685). A course fee of $50 is required for materials. All materials including computers, Arduino Uno microcontrollers, LEDs, and cloud building materials will be provided. At the end of each course, students will be able to keep their Arduino Uno and their Cloud creation!