For the second half of February’s Tinker Group meeting, we talked about the PicoBoard —a piece of hardware that allows Scratch projects to interact with the outside world.
The Scratch programming language is a super way of introducing kids to programming concepts. With the addition of a PicoBoard your Scratch programming horizons and the opportunity for fun can be expanded.
The PicoBoard connects via a USB cable and incorporates a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as 4 additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance with the included alligator clip cables.
At Highland Park we have had success with PicoBoards by showing kids how to modify the code in Scratch Pong games to control the paddle with various combinations of sensor inputs instead of arrow keys.
Here is a hot sheet developed by SparkFun that shows the scripts necessary to get started with PicoBoard Pong.
You can buy a PicoBoard here.
For more information contact Chad Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org