Tech Tool Resources
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Makerbot Replicator (5th Gen)
Larger build plate, more colors
Quieter printer, faster printer
Helpful 3D Printing Guides & Fun Lessons:
This guidebook covers how 3D printers work, how to do 3D design, includes nine lessons to get you started, and even next steps if you complete those activities.
Use this IMEP created lesson to learn about the free 3D design program, Tinkercad.
Use this IMEP created lesson using 3D printed cars to get kids printing, racing, and having fun! (You may need some materials from your region so be sure to give them time to get those to you if you plan on using this lesson.
The apps needed for the drones are unique to the drone that is being flown. Click the drone picture above to see the apps specific to each drone.
Our GoPro version:
GoPro Hero 8 Black
A small, action camera that allows you to get pictures and videos you can't with other devices.
4K Videos or 12 megapixel pictures
Waterproof to 33 ft.
New video stabilization (HyperSmooth 2.0)
Time lapse capabilities
Touch screen interactivity or control remotely with app
This changes based on what you're doing with the camera. The graph to the right considers continuous shooting. Recording in short bursts could help the battery to last longer. It's always a good idea to bring extra charged batteries with you if you are taking it on a field trip to document their trip.
Plugged into a wall outlet: ~2 hours to fully charge (from 0%)
Plugged into a computer USB port: ~ up to 4 hours to fully charge (from 0%)
We have head straps, hand straps, tripods, and much more to attach the cameras to for getting the perspective you or the students hope to capture to tell your stories!
Quik by GoPro
GoPro's one stop shop for your camera. This app can be used to control your camera remotely, preview your content, and even edit your content.
Apple's movie editing software. Create professional looking movies quickly and easily.
GoPro Hero 8 Black Beginners Guide & Tutorial
This is a lengthy video (30 minutes) but it does a great job of introducing you to our GoPro camera. I highly recommend watching this if you have any questions about the basics of the GoPro camera.
Video Quick Links:
What's in your kit? - 1:57-5:36
Mounts - 5:37-6:50
Charging - 6:51-10:09
Pairing to App - 10:09-13:58
Modes - 13:59-15:02
Display screen buttons - 15:02-18:25
Photo mode - 18:25-19:15
Video mode - 19:18-21:04
Capturing Content - 21:05-22:26
Advanced Settings - 22:26-25:05
Previewing Content - 25:05-25:42
Lessons, Unit Plans (though I doubt you get to these), and even Invention ideas can be found here.
These robotic balls are the latest and greatest version of the robot that has been a part of our STEAM programming since 2015.
These robots will be used in our very first IMEP Robotics Competition held at our Student STEM Summit held at Ball State University. Info on that is found below.
This summer we will be kicking off the 1st annual IMEP robotics competition to be held at the IMEP Student STEM Summit in July. We will be using this guide to prepare our teams for the competition at Ball Sate. Rather than upload videos of the challenges, they will come to BSU to do the challenges. Click the graphic to the left to access the Coaches Guide.
Battery expectancy: About 2 hours
Recharge time: About 3 hours via inductive charging (nothing plugs into the sphero) & a micro-USB plugged into the charging puck.
Having fun coding these?
Add Swift Playgrounds to the iPads and continue your coding adventure with the Spheros in another app!
Golf & City Mat Cards
Use these challenges with your students on the Golf & Sphero City Activity Mats (ask your region about this if you don't have it).
Soccer & Space Mat Cards
Use these challenges with your students on the Soccer & Space Activity Mats (ask your region about getting this if you don't have it).
Battery expectancy: About 2 hours of heavy use.
Recharge time: about 1 hour via micro USB cable.