Thinkering Studio Project Proposal

Arduino IR Jammer
What challenge/goal/question will drive your work? What are you creating/making/producing?

I am making an infrared jammer capable of making toy helicopters lose control using arduino

Challenge Starters & Examples
What do you expect to learn? / Why are you making this?

I expect to learn more about arduino as well as electronics and circuitry

How will you be challenged?

I will be challenged to learn about the electronic parts necessary to build an IR jammer

How will this stretch you? (Look at the Thinkering Studio Rubric for some ideas.)
List your materials/resources and who will be providing them. If they need to be purchased, include the price.


MAKE Electronics kit (for learning proper circuitry and things like that)

Probably several other things I will find as I go along...
Main Steps:
  • Outline the main steps to complete your project or provide a link to another site that has the steps. Below the link explain any additional steps you need to complete.

Do the Make Electronics 1-11 kit
Learn along the way
Buy components I need to make the IR jammer
make the IR Jammer

  • How will you document your process/progress beyond your journal entries?

I will make a project page and document my progress there

  • If this is not an individual project, how will you work together so that all are learning/working equal to their abilities? Roles? Accountability?
  • Which inquiry or design process steps did you include?(Or the Creative Learning Spiral)
1-2 months, maybe 3
  • List possible resources/sources of inspiration to complete this project. Are there existing examples of the sort of project you want to complete? Has anyone else done a similar project in Thinkering Studio? What words did you search the wiki for when checking?
  • Who/what will be your "teacher"? (Outside expert, in class expert, book, video(s), website(s), Mr. Whitmer, experimenting, experience, etc.) Make sure your "teacher" is included in your steps.

Mr. Whitmer
MAKE: Electronics

  • How will you develop your PLN (personal learning network)?
What parts of this project might be difficult? How do you expect to handle them?
How might your project fail? (Conduct a pre-mortem)
Sharing/Teaching/Paying It Forward
  • How will you share what you have learned/created/made/produced with others?
  • Who is your target audience?
How will you/your group define the projects success? How will you know that your “good” is “good enough”?
How should we evaluate your success?
How will that be "visible" to others? (Demonstrate) Can your progress be measured throughout the project?
(Look at the Thinkering Studio Rubric for some ideas or possibly Rubistar.)
Design your own rubric.
“What are you making?” “Why are you making this?” and “Who is it for?”