Do It Yourself
Fostering STEM through Retro-gaming consoles - RETROSTEM:
A DIY computer to be assembled by teachers and kids in the classroom and used for supporting the curriculum and practical applications. If features a curriculum with modules, including unit plans, for using Minecraft Pi with the computer in the classroom complemented by DIY Electronics Kits to further enhance the hands-on play and learning components of RETROSTEM.
Advancing programming, STEM and IoT understanding in the classroom through DIY computer kits - STEMKIT4SCHOOLS:
A retro design DIY wooden single board computer used with educational games and electronics gadgets for enhancing STEM related skills. Aimed at school children, it helps them engage with programming understand STEM subjects through hands on play activities focused around the control of the Raspberry Pi GPIO from the Minecraft Pi and Scratch environments.
Blue prints for an easy to build computer (based on Raspberry Pi) which teachers, parents and children can assemble themselves. The DIY computer is complemented by a bundle of resources for educators and teachers but also parents to use it for teaching children how to program but also enhance their understanding of STEM related subjects. The computer works with DIY electronics, Minecraft Pi and scratch programs and games.
PhysicsKIT4STEM promotes a gender-balanced STEM education through DIY Kits for teaching physics in the classroom. Students will learn Physics through a curriculum which links coding and other STEM subjects, such as engineering, computing, technology, math and overall science. Students will also experiment with sensors and electronics through a do-it-yourself Kit, powered by a Raspberry Pi enabling them to build electronic circuits using a wide range of sensors, electronic components and other peripherals. Finally, key skills for employability will be cultivated, such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity and initiative.
SCRAPY has as its main goal to strengthen educators' competencies to provide distance STEM learning through custom-made hardware and software to teach young students physical computing, programming, and DIY electronics development. This goal is achieved through:
- The SCRAPY Kit, a DIY electronics kit including a Raspberry Pi Pico, sensors, and electronics to be used in STEM lessons.
- The SCRAPY Coder, an online drag-and-drop coding platform to program the Raspberry Pi Pico and the electronics.
- The SCRAPY Academy, an online learning platform in which students can study electricity, electronics, sensors, and circuits.
- The SCRAPY Guide, a guide for educators to enhance their skills in delivering STEM lessons, either remotely or in a classroom.
SmartHome4SENIORS aims to assist senior citizens in their everyday lives through DIY smart home automation solutions. For this purpose, we have developed a DIY wooden model, which users can assemble using a blueprint and then attach several sensors and electronics and create smart home solutions. The sensors and electronics are powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico and programmed using the micro-Python programming language. The DIY Kit is accompanied by educational content in the form of tutorials that explain in detail several smart home solutions, such as smart monitoring systems, smart security systems, smart doors and lights, etc. The educational content is hosted in a web application that was developed for this purpose.