Firefighter (or “I have got to learn how to use microcontrollers”)

December 28, 2008

Sporadic posting due to final exams (creating and grading, not taking) and other end of semester business along with the holidays.

So one of my long-standing ideas for a play context (idea 1 is the Gundam robot, here) is the “wheelchair firetruck.” Idea is simple, add some appropriate stickers, a helmet, a flashing/rotating light (controlled with an accessible switch), siren (recorded onto a BigMac?),

Costumes are important

Costumes are important

…but most important is a hose that sprays water.

I just found out how to build the water sprayer.

I think I’m going to spend the next few weeks looking over this website. I’ve been meaning to learn how to use microcontrollers to run motors for a while now. Hobbyists use these to build robots and other crazy stuff that are controlled from computers.

The list of things that you can do with microcontrollers and motors just boggles my mind. How about adding a bulldozer blade to a wheelchair? Or a robot arm? All controlled via a USB connection to an AAC device. Even with scanning and limited mobility, kids would be able to participate in active play scenarios.

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