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Anaglyph technology, like that used in 3D movies, uses stereo images that are encoded using different colors. 3D glasses with different colored lenses filter the images, allowing each eye to see a different image. In this activity, you will make your own 3D glasses and create a 3D image using anaglyph technology.
One of the challenges in growing the Internet of Things is that connected devices need to be able to work together.In this activity, you will design and build a mobile phone to be compatible with a new kind of charger. After designing your phone, you will develop a technical standard describing what is required for a mobile device to be compatible with this new charger.
A huge amount of personal information is stored on our computers and on the Internet. Just like spies use codes to send secret messages, computers encrypt data so it’s more difficult to access and understand. In this activity, you will pair up with a friend to learn some basic code making techniques to explore how computers encode and decode information and how hackers can exploit weak encryption and bad passwords to access sensitive information.
Infrared radiation is widely used in technology, ranging from night vision (in which infrared radiation is detected when there isn’t enough visible light to see an object) to studying the composition of materials through a process called spectroscopy. In this activity, you will explore how the infrared radiation from a remote control interacts with different materials by trying to bounce the IR beam off of a material to control a television from around a corner.
Smart buildings use technology to make our indoor environments as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. But a building’s initial design can have a major impact on energy efficiency. In this activity, you will design and build a passive solar house. Passive design uses no mechanical or electrical devices of any kind, but uses design, orientation, and carefully selected materials instead.
One of the concerns of engineers working to develop smart car technology is making cars as energy-efficient as possible. In this activity, you’ll design a model car two different ways, using everyday office materials. Then you’ll test them out to compare their energy efficiency.
In this activity, you will use the same method used by slicing software in 3D printing to break an object of your choosing into layers. With the data you collect about each layer, you will “print” a topographical map-style model of the object, laying down layer by layer of material, just like a 3D printer. You will be “printing” a three-dimensional topographical map.Read More
When engineers design sports equipment, they use the latest materials, manufacturing techniques, and shapes to enhance sporting – while maintaining the rules of a sport. In this challenge, you will work with a friend to devise racquets out of everyday materials that will be used to volley a ping pong ball across a table.Read More
Every movie, TV show, or YouTube video you’ve ever seen works by creating the illusion of movement using a series of still images. Even the most advanced movie works using the same principle as the earliest moving image devices. Two of these devices are thaumatropes and flipbooks.Read More
When engineers design a robot, they usually have a specific problem or task in mind. In this activity, you will design a robot arm that needs to be able to pick up a Styrofoam cup. You’ll have a variety of materials to choose from. You’ll select your materials, sketch out your design, then build and test your robot arm. If it doesn’t work, go back to the drawing board and try again!Read More