Activity has optional parts for using your electronics starter kit
|Students must complete this activity before attempting any other activities.|
In this tutorial we will guide you through building a basic frame, and show you how to use all the different pieces of equipment.
|Learn how to motorise your contraption with the EPro8 Electronics Starter Kit|
|Construct a fire engine and its ladder.|
Build a mechanism for raising and lowering the ladder.
Measurement, Leverage, Electronics, Logic.
|Build a spring loaded alarm system.|
Trigger this when a window is opened or with a trip rope.
Pimp your alarm using laser beams and mirrors.
Pulleys, Mechanisms, Problem Solving, Electronics
|Build a rubber band powered caveman vehicle.|
Modify the vehicle to achieve extra speed and distance.
Energy, Measuement, Practical Mathematics
|Construct a bridge that can cross a 2.5m wide river.|
Use bracing to make the bridge rigid and capable of carrying a 2kg test vehicle.
Add traffic light to control the flow of vehicles over the bridge.
Structures, Bracing, Measurement, Electronics
|Build a guard dog shape.|
Ropes make its jaws hinge and tail wag.
Motorise it and have it triggered to bark when a burglar breaks a laser beam.
Structures and Mechanisms, Electronics, Problem Solving
|Construct the Royal Limousine, with an arm that waves automatically.|
Make the arm wave as the limousine is pushed along the ground.
Make the arm wave extra fast
Mechanisms, Gearbox, Electronics
|Construct a dog kennel that can withstand floods, rain and hurricane forced winds.|
It will have a flood level alarm and a drawbridge that will automatically close when it is flooding outside.
Structures, Bracing, Measurement, Leverage, Electronics
|Design a contraption that can automatically fire a sequence of party poppers.|
Use ropes and pulleys so that the party poppers can be fired in multiple directions.
Pulleys, Problem solving, Electronics
|Suspend a model helicopter from a giant rig using four ropes.|
Using only the ropes, work as a team to control the helicopter.
Teamwork, Geometry, Measurement, Problem Solving, Structures, Angles
|Develop a code that can be used to send a message using a pattern of long and short signals.|
Construct a mechical and an electrical system for sending these signals.
Patterns, Electronics, Problem Solving, Communication
|Use you EPro8 equipment to work out how long it will take to flood the entire room.|
Practical Maths, Measurement, Problem Solving
|Build a crane that can lift a weight to a height of 1.8m.|
Use pulleys to make it easier to lift the weight.
Motorise the crane for automated operation.
Structures, Pulley Theory, Electronics
|Build a swing|
Experiment with what effects the speed of the swing
Graph your results.
Structures, Experimental Method, Practical Maths, Measurement, Graph
|Build a real-life Pac-Man, who's jaws open and shut as the Pac-Man moves along the ground.|
Mechanisms, Structure, Electronics.
|Build a gear box that can speed up or slow down an arm.|
Think about the maths and ratios behind a gearbox
Mechanisms, Practical Maths, Rations
|Use a torch and a magnifying glass to create a spotlight.|
Build a motorised stand that can control the direction of the beam.
Use this to track a meteor.
Optics, Mechanics, Electronics, Angles, Practical Maths
|Build a fishing rod.|
Modify the reel to wind the rope in extra fast.
Design a sensor to automatically detect when you have caught a fish
Mechanisms, Gearbox, Pulleys, Electronics
|Construct a rowing machine using a weight as resistance.|
Different combinations of pulleys will make it easy and difficult to lift the one weight.
Pulleys, Weights, Measurements
|Construct a drum kit, and a drum machine that can play the drums as a handle is turned.|
Add a gearbox so it can play a very fast drum roll.
Mechanisms, Electronics, Problem Solving
|Take the classic party game, and turn it into a crazy EPro8 style contraption.|
The contraption will have fail alarm, automatic level adjustment and scoring.
Measurement, Pulleys, Problem Solving, Electronics
|You live on top of a windy cliff, and want to use a wind powered crane to lift items of varying weight.|
Mechanisms, Gearbox, Experimentation, Practical Mathematics.
|Construct a Bungy Jump Platform|
Experiment with rubber bands to achieve the ultimate rebound
Structures, Experimental Method, Measurement, Graph
|We are sending some EPro8 Equipment to Mongolia.|
Build a set of scales to find the weight of the equipment.
Calculate what it will cost to air freight these items to Mongolia.
Balance, Leverage, Weights and Measurements, Practical Maths
|Build two towers and a flying fox to access your house on the other side of a "river".|
Motorise the flying fox so you can come and go in either direction
Pulleys, Forces, Vectors, Mechanisms, Structures, Electronics
|Build a contraption that can sort balls into different containers.|
Problem solving, measurements, weights
|Use you EPro8 equipment plus a bike inner tube to build a high speed conveyor belt|
Mechanisms, Gearbox, Electronics, Practical Mathematics.
|From the classic movie, use your EPro8 equipment to calculate how many helium balloons it will take to lift a small child or a house.|
Practical Maths, Measurement, Problem Solving
|Construct a real life pinball machine, complete with launching mechanism, paddles, obstacles and scoring.|
Mechanisms, Experimentation, Problem Solveing, Electronics.