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  1. Getting Started
  2. Blink
  3. Traffic Light
  4. Reaction Game
  5. Silly Stories
  6. Tally
  7. Guess My Number
  8. Bouncy Numbers
  9. Speak Like A Machine

  1. Security Zone
  2. Ultrasonic Drum
  3. Resistor Piano
  4. Walker Race
  5. Walker Dance
  6. Walker Detect
  7. Runaway Rover
  8. Rover Sensor Steering

  1. Lighthouse
  2. Frog Frenzy
  3. Game Controller
  4. Minecraft Controller

  1. Security Zone
  2. Ultrasonic Drum
  3. Resistor Piano
  4. Ther-Mood-Stat
  5. Color Coded
  6. Pulse

  1. Beam Break
  2. Car Race
  3. Motion Ball

  1. Solar House
  2. Soil Sensor
  3. Air Guitar

  1. Light Show
  2. Light Show Animation
  3. Pipercraft City
  4. Party Lights

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Gaming expedition

Mission 1 of 4

lighthouse


Beginner

1 hour

Ages 8+
MISSION OBJECTIVE

Learn how to use technology to control LEDs and sound. Students will build a game controller that they will use in this lesson.

Back on Earth, our scientists have noticed a ship heading towards their lighthouse! As a simple introduction to the buttons on the Printed Circuit Board Assembly, in this mission, you will build and code a Traffic Light-like series of LEDs that your button presses can control.

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MISSION CHARACTERS

Commander

Scientist
MISSION MATERIALS

Computer with USB port and Chrome or Edge browser
Piper Make Starter Kit
Piper Make Game Controller

MISSION RESOURCES

Learning Goals

  1. Students learn about shift registers and how they read inputs.  
  2. Students will learn how a controller outputs information into the system, including latch, clock, and data.  
  3. Students will gain an understanding of bits and bytes.  
  4. Students reinforce learning about conditionals, like if-do statements, in programming. 

Learning Activities


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GAMING EXPEDITION RESOURCES

Material Library

SERVO
A servo, which is short for servomotor, is a special kind of motor that is used to control something by moving it. A simple motor moved by spinning continuously. A servo turns to a specific position and it uses gears to transform the high speed of the motor into more force so it can move things more easily.

The servo is connected using three wires: one for ground, one for power, and one for a signal that tells the servo motor what position to turn to. The Pico tells the servo what position to turn to by changing the width of the pulse that it is sending out. A pulse with a shorter "ON" time will turn to one side, and a pulse with a longer "ON" time will turn to the opposite side.

The motor inside of the servo turns very fast, but it is also weak - it cannot apply very much force. The gears inside the servo convert the motor's high speed and low force into a slower speed with more force.

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Standards Alignment

CSK12 Framework
  • CA 3-5.AP.17. Test and debug a program to ensure it accomplishes the intendedtask.
  • CA 3-5.CS.2. Demonstrate how computer hardware and software work together as a system to accomplish tasks.
  • CA 3-5.CS.3. Determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies.
Math ELA
  • Grade 3: writing applications-2.1, 2.2;
  • Written and Oral English Language Conventions - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 1.8
  • Grade 4: writing strategies-1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.10, Writing applications - 2.1
  • Grade 5: Writing strategies-1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6; writing applications - 2.1
ELD
  • Grade 3: ELD.PI.A.3.1, ELD.PI.A.3.2, ELD.PI.B.3.5, ELD.PI.B.3.6, ELD.PI.C.3.10, ELD.PII.C.3.6
  • Grade 4: ELD.PI.A.4.1, ELD.PI.A.4.2, ELD.PI.B.4.5, ELD.PI.B.4.6, ELD.PI.C.4.10,ELD.PII.C.4.6
  • Grade 5: ELD.PI.A.5.1, ELD.PI.A.5.2, ELD.PI.B.5.5, ELD.PI.B.5.6, ELD.PI.C.5.10, ELD.PII.C.5.6