Create an Invention to Improve the Classroom: Classroom Signal


Create an Invention

Students will create a signaling device to indicate if a student has left or returned from the classroom area for water or restroom break.


Duration: One 42-minute session

Credits: E. Caffarelli

GRADE LEVEL
Elementary (ages 8-10)
Middle School (ages 11-13)

DIFFICULTY
Beginner

SUBJECT
littleBits Basics

MODULES & ACCESSORIES USED (1)

online pd

Online PD (1)

OTHER MATERIALS USED (2)
zip tie 1
White plastic cup (small) 1

TOOLS USED
Hole punch

LESSON GUIDE

STEP 1 : Classroom Signal Device

Students will create a signaling device to indicate if a student has left or returned from the classroom area for water or restroom break. This device is switched on/off by the student leaving or returning to the classroom. The battery is attached to the board with a zip tie because the device will be picked up to switch on/off. The white plastic cup makes the light easier for the other students in the classroom to see. If the light is on, they know to wait to request a water or bathroom break until the other student returns.