As we all know this is the time for witches, wizards, ghouls and ghosties
so there are two projects that spring to mind:
Some great control activities could result from this topic.
A remote camera that will be activated
from a pressure pad or sound. Using Roamer or the Control Console or
SenSci attach a sensor to an input line. You then need to make some
sort of mechanism that will push down on the camera switch to take the
photo (just use a cheap disposable camera).
The program needs to wait until the sensor is activated which makes
the mechanism take a picture.
Splurge guns could be a fun/messy
design and make activity. Using shaving foam as the "splurge"
children could be asked to design a "gun" using Inventa and
found materials. This can look as original as you like. In the ghostbusters
film the canisters are worn on the back with the firing mechanism attached
to a hose.
All good haunted houses have trip wires
planted round them. Another control activity. Maybe this could be what
sets off the camera.
And for Wizards and Witches there is
Why not turn Roamer into one of Hagrid's mythical
creatures. At a simple level this would mean decorating a
Roamer jacket to look like the creature and then programming it to behave
A more advanced version could be to add motors for wings to flap or
limbs to walk and perhaps sensors so that it can react to sound or notice
things in its way.
Or if you want to stick to "people" the Harry Potter books
are populated with the most wonderful characters
so you could turn Roamer into Snape, or Dudley, or Hermione, or Albus
Once you've changed Roamer why not send him/her shopping down Diagon
Alley. Create a map on the floor and write a shopping list
for your Roamer to use.
Then of course there is the Hogwart's Express or the Weasley's car
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