When we donate our wares to a High School Electronics extracurricular class it serves as a perfect litmus test. It gets our boards in hands of young people who have more enthusiasm then experience. We got to see which of the two is a more important prerequisite for using our boards and compilers. Here's the type of work we get back.
We donated a few Easy boards, click boards, and the Buggy to an Applied Physics and Electronics group that operates within a high-school in Kragujevac.
The other day they sent us a report on their activities.
They made a Braitenberg vehicle out of the Buggy – a four wheeler that exhibits complex behaviour even though its decisions are based on simple rules – in this case, the Buggy is afraid of the light and wants to hide in the dark whenever possible (or the other way around).
Another project is an automation classic – a ball and plate demo. It's a device that moves a flat metal plate in two axes in order to balance a ball on top it (countering the effects of momentum and gravity).
Those two caught our attention the most, but the students also hacked a Microsoft Kinetis to scan a heap of sand and project colors directly on it to present topological data.
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