Smart Lamp

1ST GRADE

Project Description

It’s one thing to personalize a bedroom with posters and pictures, but it’s another to do so with a smart lamp that not only lights up but also plays music that students compose. Students will create their lamp from acrylic panels, screws, and 3D-printed posts. They will then program a minicomputer to activate LEDs and music. They’ll even customize it by creating their own designs on the panels. Students will use their hands and brains to make their very own unique bedside companion.
Student typing on laptop

Key Concepts

Intro to design; programming lights, sounds, and sensors; social emotional learning (moods and feelings).

Students Take Home

Fully functional night light.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) support for 1st grade learners:

Performance Expectations Arrangement(s):

1-PS4: Waves & Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Performance Expectations

1-PS4-1: Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

1-PS4-2: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated.

1-PS4-3: Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

1-PS4-4: Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance.