Learners can program a compass to draw a circle by itself using a Pico Cricket, some Legos, and lots of tape! Pico Cricket is required. This activity teaches learners how to program a micro controller (mini computer), how to use gears and motors, and includes a video of the final product in action. This activity could made into a one-hour workshop if more programing was involved to draw a half circle or a quarter of a circle.
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