The Navigator

Build a handheld device that allows you to navigate in the dark.


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Session Details

Invention: The Navigator

Theme: Inclusive Design

Time: 2 hrs

Materials:

  • Mentors will need to bring a connected device (phone, ipad, or computer) to access instructional videos.

  • Snap The Gap STEM Kit [Base]

Quick Resources:

 

Meet Up

10 min

PAIR OFF & CATCH UP

  • Check in with your mentee to make sure she signed up with JAM.com

  • Take turns asking each other questions. Example prompts:

    • How was your week?

    • What's one thing you created or invented this week?

 

Inspire

10 min

INSPIRE: Kid Inventor Anahit invented echolocation device for detecting obstacles in low/no visibility conditions and for blind people.

PROMPT: When you are building the Navigator today, think about what types of inventions might be helpful for someone who doesn’t hear or see.

DISCUSS/CAREERS: Doctors, user researchers, electrical engineers, product designers


Invent!

60 min

WATCH VIDEOS FOR NAVIGATOR INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Intro to Wearables

  2. Create Navigator

  3. Play: Night Navigator

REMIX (if time)

  1. Try swapping the accelerometer in place of the proximity sensor. How does this change the function of your navigator. Hint: try shaking your arm :)

  2. Tray adding other Bits. What happens if you add a long LED. How could this improve your wearable device?

  3. Customize your Navigator. How would someone know it is yours? Use stickers or add other craft materials.


Reflect

10 Min

DISCUSS WITH YOUR MENTEE

  • Something your mentee knew about the invention beforehand and something new they learned

  • Think of some examples that they have seen this invention in everyday lives (i.e., car cameras that tell you when you are too close to an obstacle when backing up)

  • When designing for another person, what questions would you ask them to figure out how to help? Discuss ideas (i.e. what is the hardest part of your day? What is one task you wish could be easier? What do you like to do for fun?)

 

Group Share

[Optional]

10 Min

MENTEES SHARE

  • Mentees go around 1 by 1 and share:

    • Favorite thing about inventing today

    • Something that was hard in this session

    • What is a question you would ask someone to make in invention that is helpful to them?

 

Wrap Up

5 Min

CLEAN UP

  • Make sure you have all the parts shown on the side of the box and put them away in the box for storage.

  • Note: your mentee will need to deconstruct part or all of her invention.

 

Next Steps

5 min

SUPER IMPORTANT HOMEWORK

  • Before next session, your mentee should go on JAM, select a topic that sounds interesting, participate in 1 challenge, and upload to the community. You will discuss it next time!

 

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