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cricket compass

Keith writes, "A girl visited the PIC (Playful Invention Center ) and made a cricket compass using lots of orange tape, Legos, a pencil, a touch sensor and a cricket."

cricket compass The girl who made this invention spent about 15 minutes with Keith, coming up with an idea, then building, refining and programming it. Click to see the picture bigger.
This is the Lego module that gave her the idea for the cricket compass. We've been having the modules out for visitors to try, so they can focus on quickly showing the crickets, some neat motion, sensors and programming. Watch a movie of the cricket compass in action.
cricket compass program blocks She hadn't programmed before and she spent about 10 or 15 minutes learning the programmin and making her compass move the way she wanted it to. Take a look at the program that makes it move.