Motor Skills: Hacking Neil Downie

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Vacation Program

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2009
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 9 to 12

The English scientist Neil A. Downie, has written three volumes of Saturday Science Projects. His designs are remarkably original and thoughtful. He explains the math and science of every experiment…On a level for advanced high school or college students. But our project designers, Alex Leffell, Mark Wesolowski and Tyler Hayslett have adapted (hacked) his ideas for you. Construct a motor experiment tool kit with two motors, a battery pack, a potentiometer (to control speed) that will test four Downie designs: a robot arm, a checker catapult, a vibrating climbing ring, a dancing brush. Then adapt the parts for your own experiments. 9am – 3pm

Instructor: Wm Brown

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