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I decided to make a littleBits Fern Fan because I wanted to make a fan out of natural things and out of new and electrical things. I used a lot of string and a little bit of electrical tape. I made a square frame and built-in supports out of sticks. I used four ferns and a stick connecting to the motor shaft attachment. There is one DC motor, one wire and the power switch. It turns the rotor which turns the fan.And now I have a very nice fern fan.littleBits CreatorAge 8
Discover sources of energy around you.Make an energy meter with the light sensor and the number module. Digital cameras create images by measuring light energy. This is similar to how NASA satellite images are created by measuring energy reflecting off the Earth's surface. Visit our lessons page to learn about light brightness and the inverse-square law.You can also find this project on page 14 in the Space Kit booklet.
Learn how NASA scientists are able to explore new worlds.Learn how NASA scientists are able to explore new worlds! This Mars rover, based off NASA's Opportunity, gathers and displays light information from the environment as it drives. Control it wirelessly using the remote trigger and a household remote control!NASA engineers send instructions to the rovers via radio communications. Depending on where the planets are in their orbits, a radio signal traveling at the speed of light will arrive on Mars between just over 3 minutes or as long as 20 minutes. Due to these time delays it is impossible to communicate with and control the rover in real time. To send instructions to rovers on Mars, NASA scientists must have a line-of-sight between Earth and Mars. Occasionally Earth and Mars are on opposite sides of the sun, called conjunction. During this time, the sun can disrupt or block radio communication between the two planets.There are two versions of this Mars Rover. The build instructions below correspond with the Mars Rover project in the booklet, which has a simpler build.See pages 30-34 in the Space Kit booklet for more info.
Make your very own International Space Station and play music on it from afar.This project uses the same circuits as the Data Communication project, but here we are giving them some galactic context.How does it work?Your digitized music is converted into a series of light wave pulses. The pulses are decoded by the light sensor and converted into sound waves by the speaker.NASA uses electromagnetic waves to communicate with satellites orbiting Earth.Note: the build instructions correspond with the cardboard model.
Be a NASA engineer by building this robotic space arm.A grappler is on the end of the ISS Robot Arm and is used to grab onto objects in space – like astronauts! Pick up space objects at home by controlling the DC motor mechanism with a remote control and the remote trigger.See pages 28-29 in the Space Kit booklet for more info.
Learn the science behind satellites and make your own parabolic reflector.Unique curved surfaces, such as parabolas, have a point called the FOCUS, where all of the energy entering the shape is ‘reflected’ from the parabolic curve and intersects at the focus. In your satellite dish model, the light sensor is your focus that receives energy from the bright LED and measures it in the number module.Visit our lessons page to learn more about how a satellite dish works.There are two versions of this satellite. The build instructions below correspond with the satellite project in the booklet, which has a simpler build and is scientifically accurate.See pages 19-20 in the Space Kit booklet for more info.
Hack a dancing bear type toy so that it turns on when you turn the lights on or off. This is a great way to startle someone for fun. I used DIY litteBits power + light trigger, which I made by using the open hardware circuits available on the littleBits website.