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STEM: Basic Electronics Lab

(open work area, not classroom)

Purpose: Learn about electricity and basic electronics. Introduce basic semiconductors used to control the flow of electricity in a circuit. Use Snap Circuit kit to teach basic electronics. Each lesson with be reinforced with a project.

This class is in support of our trip to Haiti to teach this material to kids at the Village of Hope school. The class fees will go towards supplies for the class. This is a chance for Bryce and I to do a test run of the material we'll be using and get some feedback.  

NOTE: The ideal student will have little to no background in this material. That will help us gauge the level and make sure we are not too high. 

Background:  The Haitian culture is actually anti-maker since it is not considered "educated" to work with your hands. There is a strong believe that educated Americans do not stoop to making things themselves. So, in an effort to emulate, once the kids learn to read and write, the families discourage any form of working with your hands since they are now special. How ironic Novalabs is in this context!


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  • Jose Luis M.

    "The Haitian culture is actually anti-maker since it is not considered "educated" to work with your hands." as person that was born and lived next door to Haiti (Dom Rep) I'm curious to know where did you get this "fact".

    June 22, 2014

    • Jennyfer P.

      Thanks! Yes, I do still read Spanish, though I can no longer speak it fluently. You are right, I think he was lamenting about the loss of local, traditional making when the parent/kids start to dream of the types of jobs mentioned in the article. He was saying they started to notice from the 1st generation of readers and it got worse with the 2nd. They were refusing to learn skills that required working with the hands at home. And the parents were encouraging it. So yes, traditional skills. You've given me a few questions to ask now. I wonder about the crafts with the pipe cleaners, foamies, and rubber bands. I also wonder why the program does not include local craftsmen/women. Hmm.

      1 · June 22, 2014

    • Jose Luis M.

      turns out, there are two companies making tablets in Haiti :

      http://www.huffington...­

      June 23, 2014

  • Jennyfer P.

    The best way to get a heads-up of what's going on will be to join the Novalabs-org kids list. I'll start posting things there.

    June 12, 2014

  • Jennyfer P.

    Melanie, we will have a basic electronics class in August. In fact, there will be two. In late August. I'll also be starting a kids tech group that will meet on Tuesday afternoons to match up with the Arduino group. I don't think your son will like this one, it will be very, very basic. It is full with GEMS kids who are a closer match to the kids in Haiti in terms of exposure probably.

    June 12, 2014

  • Melanie

    We'd love to take part in this event. My son is 9. Thanks.

    June 12, 2014

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