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  After 6 weeks, our team at i3 Detroit is unveiling our submission for the GGHC, we call it Interactive Quiz.   The concept is simple: a student response system (clicker) that automatically assigns students to groups to discuss questions, but allows them to answer individually, giving them feedback on the performance of their group.  We chose this idea because several of the teachers we interviewed told us that across the board, many students were afraid of making mistakes. ...
Schematic?  Check.  Parts ordered?  Check.  Caffine?  Check.  In the last two weeks of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge, i3Detroiters start to piece together the real working guts of the Interactive Quiz - our group student response system.   In our video update this week, Roger Slykhouse, Ed Platt, and Ross Smith piece together some of this week's obstacles, achievements, and little victories.     As Roger discusses in the video, our tea ...
In week 4 of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge, our team continues to hack away on our group response system.  The theme of this week has been figuring out how to fit all the puzzle pieces together.   Although we have a lot of coders on our team, most of us are new to microcontroller programming, so many of our work nights have focused on "here's how to write C for an AVR, compile it, and program a chip."  Let's just say there have been a lot of blinking LEDs here at i3 Detr ...
We've researched, we've brainstormed, we've debated, and now Team i3 is rolling up our sleeves to start hacking!  "But wait!" you say "Who *is* Team i3?"  We have hackers of all kinds, about a dozen of us in total.  We put together a video to introduce some of our members.  Be sure to check back next week to meet the rest of the team!     We also received our first parts order this past week, and we've got  some cool parts to work with!  We chose an ...
The Plan   We began with hopes, inspiration, and a very vague idea of what we intended to accomplish in the next six weeks.  Help the teachers!  What a thought - but what does it mean?  As with any open-ended project, our team's ideas were wildly divergent.  Ed, with a background in neuroscience, emphasized the importance of physical movement to stimulate the generation of dopamine, which in turn increases mental focus and observation.  On the other hand, Teammate ...
Hi there! We're i3Detroit. We're a place where hardware hackers, crafters, machinists, prop-makers, and carpenters work side by side on their interests. We teach public classes and share our skills with each other in our 8,000 square foot facility in Ferndale, MI.   Our mission: "To provide work space, storage, and other resources for projects related to art and technology through talks, workshops, collaborative projects, and other activities, to encourage research, knowledge exchange, lea ...