Smart Lamp



Project Description

Explore smart technology and self-expression with a color-changing light box that plays music. Students learn about the properties of light and sound, how music is composed, and how to build their own Smart Lamp — including installing electronics and using programming to express emotion. This project supports Social and Emotional Learning through activities that allow students to relate how they feel.

Key Concepts

Beat, Circuit board, Illumination, Emotion, LED, Music, Negative space, Opaque, Primary colors of light, RGB pixel, Shadow, Smart technology, Sound, Transparency, Vibration

Essential Question

How can we use smart technology to express our emotions and moods?

Preview our STEAM curriculum with the Pushes, Pulls and Pins Lesson Sampler (Grades K-2).


Summary of Standards


Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will select and operate appropriate software, use appropriate terminology when describing computing systems, model how programs store and manipulate data, and develop plans that describe a program’s sequence of events, goals, and expected outcomes.

Common Core ELA
Students will determine and clarify the meaning of unknown words, recall presented information to answer a question, and participate in collaborative conversations.

Common Core Math
Students will organize, represent, and interpret data.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan and conduct investigations, make observations, use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance, and analyze data from tests of two objects. Students will learn about electromagnetic radiation, information technologies and instrumentation, and wave properties.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Students will work collaboratively with others by following agreed-upon rules for discussion, including listening to others, speaking when recognized, and making appropriate contributions. They will develop social communication such as introducing himself/herself and others, relating experiences to a classmate, and expressing needs and feelings.  Students will be able to collect, sort, and organize data.

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