STEM MAKER'S KITS

What is a Maker's Kit?

Take your STEM learning to the next level with Picosolution's Maker's Kits - a comprehensive kit full of all the tools and materials you need to build a successful prototype in this competition. In previous years, our competition has had competitors choose between 3 disciplines of STEM - Alternative Energy, Biomedical, and Mechanical. This year, we will be offering all of the specialities in ONE KIT to make it possible to combine disciplines & innovate on the next level.

How do I order my (FREE) Maker's Kit?

Maker's Kits ($200 Value) are completely FREE to participants in the contest, up to 3 kits given per school (Schools with more than 3 teams will have to share materials among their teams). We encourage your team to wait until you receive your kit to buy any extra materials, since the kits come with everything you need to be successful. Teams are encouraged to build the prototype from recycled/repurposed materials.

Once your team submits your FULL registration form through our submission form, you will receive your kit to begin working on your project. Teams who register during early registration will receive their kits earlier, getting a head start!

What comes inside of my Maker's Kit?

 

The Maker's Kits will include a mix of alternative energy, biomedical, and mechanical supplies including:

  • Arduino UnoInland Uno: R3 is a fairly versatile board

  • Ultrasonic Distance Sensor: This is a very simple sensor that has many uses

  • Micro Servo: Servos very commonly used in robotics kits

  • Piezo Buzzer: Vibration or high sound good for electronic to body interaction

  • Battery Clip: To power the Arduino board

  • Velcro Strap: Multi use, Adher to body. 

  • Connection Wires: This is a ranbow ribon of wires that can be left together or broken up, each set will have 20 pieces

  • Solderless breadboard: For connecting wires and motors and any other electronics

  • Bearings: For spinning

  • Electricity Lab: Including Sky-z DC Generator PaclMultimeterCircuits 101

  • Complete Wind Turbine & Hydropaddle set-ups

  • Solar Panel set up

How should we “share” Maker’s Kits with other members of our team or work on the prototype together if we are virtually learning?

We know this year has come with some unique challenges and collaborating as a team is one of them. This can create a problem when it comes to physically putting together an invention prototype as a team, however with proper planning and organization you can find success! Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Assign one member of your team as the “builder” who will be in charge of physically “putting together” the prototype. Meet over Zoom to go through the steps as a team while your “builder” puts the invention together.

  • Watch video tutorials over Zoom as a team so that everyone learns how to put the invention together & can help each other!

  • Once the invention is done or if your builder is stuck on a step, deliver it to another member of the team to see the final product & make any changes.

  • Assign a different part of the invention to each student & combine at end.

  • For hybrid learning, make in-person “workshop” days to work hands-on with materials & remote “brainstorming” days to research & design.

Our school has more than 3 teams who will need Maker’s Kits materials. How should we go about “splitting” the materials among these teams?

In order to provide more students with materials this year, we are limiting each school to 3 Maker’s Kits. However, you may sign up as many teams as you want for your school! This means that teams may need to share kits, whether that means:

  • Using the tools for a certain time and pass/deliver them to the next team when they are done with them

  • Splitting up the tools in each kit for teams depending on their needs (Each kit has alternative energy, medical, and mechanical pieces so you may not need them all for one team.) It might be a good idea to have each team pick a different category for their invention ahead of time, so that you can designate certain tools from the kit (listed above) to certain teams.

  • Choosing which teams need a kit for their project and which teams may not. Some projects are more app/digital-based and will not need most items in the kit to complete their project. Other teams will use other resources, like recycled materials, repurposed items from their homes/classrooms, or materials purchased with your early registration gift card, as a main part of your project rather than the items in the Maker's Kit.

 

Please note: It is 100% possible to do the contest with limited kits. Last year, schools with 11-15 teams found success with only 3 kits. Other schools couldn’t access their kits in the classroom when schools locked down and were forced to find creative ways to use recycled materials and digital programs to complete their project. 

Made with our Maker's Kits! 

& a little bit of Thomas Edison Spirit!

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