This is the project that we will work on first for the maker intenship as a way of introducing everybody to all of the tools available. The project outline and the CAD ball-in-socket joint file are both included below, as well as a brief description of each of the introductions I gave for the various tools as the facilitator.
I began the activity by having the groups use LEGO to storyboard their stories after reviewing elements of what makes up a story.
An intro to 123D Design was given in which I showed some of the tools in the program that I use most often. It is important for this project to emphasie that the joint pieces cannot be scaled at all to ensure that they still fit together. I also included some info that was specific to the way our 3D printers acccept STL files as well.
I called the intro to arduino more of an empowerment excersize because there are limit-less resources on the internet that can support thier projects better than I could. With a quick review of electricity and its basics, I came up with a circuit that can act as a light sensor. Together with the group, I walked them through how to modify one of the Arduino example scripts to read in the information using analogRead, but then challenged them to use google to figure out how to make an LED turn on and off based on the sensor input.
The stop motion animatino software is pretty self explanatory and has a fairly easy to figure out interface. I gave a short demonstration of a few cool features that I considered hard to find but mostly encouraged the group to explore the software on their own.