I needed that. I got frustrated multiple times, because I am so horrible with spatial thinking, but I had fun. I had played around with the WeDo before, just building a few of the models that are in the instruction books that come with the kit and then messing around with using Scratch to make them work, but today I wanted to try to create something of my own. I got hung up in trying to figure out how to create chain reactions from the single motor, so I had to go back to the instructions just to get the concept down, and while I’m still shaky on it, I did make progress, and it felt good. I also played around a bit more with Scratch and the WeDo sensor, and that was pretty awesome. This is another one of those moments where I feel like I have dipped my pinky toe into an ocean of possibilities. I’m grateful for the instruction models because I would be completely lost without them, but I love that moment where I can imagine kicking away the ladder of the model/instructions. It takes me a while to get there, but it’s a lovely feeling.
I had hoped to build a simple motor today, inspired by the basic electronics class I did this weekend at hack.rva, but I didn’t have the wire I needed (thought I had some at school, but alas, nope), so I’ve pushed that off for a few days until I can get the wire. My plan in the meantime is to dive further into Scratch, and possibly play with the Arduino module for Littlebits. I also brought home my Make: Electronics book, which feels far less intimidating after this weekend’s class, along with some supplies for that.
My biggest obstacle lately is that there is so much I want to do, I often don’t know where to start, so I do nothing. Today was a good day for just getting over myself and diving in to something. Woot!