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Reclaiming parts from broken/obsolete hardware

In order to make our Circuit Playground Express portable, we need to wire up a battery pack. We could buy battery packs online for about $3 each and wait a week for them to arrive. OR we could learn how to disassemble broken or obsolete electronics and get what we need for free, along with a bunch of other parts we can use to create something new.

For our next project, we need to find 1) 2-wire JST keyed connector.  It looks like this:

JST 2-pin connector and wires

The CPE board has a female connector (like the one on the left). We are looking for a male connector that fits inside it (like the one on the right). Many small electronics use JST connectors like this to supply power to internal components. Computers often power speakers and power buttons with JST connectors.

Another useful component is a battery holder. We can make our own, but it is also possible to salvage them from old toys and video game controllers. We need one that holds 3 AAA or 3 AA batteries to supply 3.5-6 volts. We can modify a 4-AAA  or 4-AA holder.

Here is a guide for removing soldered components from PCB boards.

PCB part recovery guide

Spanish I Homework for week ending April 6

Duolingo – Complete 100 XP of activity and complete  Basics 2 and Foods units. (If you have already finished these, be sure to select “strengthen skill” to show you have worked on them again this week) This assignment is due on Friday, April 6

Mi casa es fenomenal poster – create a floorplan of your ideal home. Label the rooms and furnishings in Spanish.  Include (at a minimum) at least one each of the following rooms and furnishings: garage, living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, patio, garden, window, door, carpet, bed, table, chairs, plants, desk, t.v. set, refrigerator, sink, bathroom sink, stove, dresser, bookshelf. Be sure to use correct Spanish spelling, including definite articles and accent marks. This assignment is due Friday, April 6 at the beginning of class.

Programming A/B Homework week ending 4/6

Students should be finished with lessons 5.1-5.5 in the Python course on by April 5(B) or April 6(A). Students are reminded that programming assignments should be done outside of class if you are unable to complete 2 lessons per class period (or are behind in assignments).

Remember that the step-by-step lessons can be VERY helpful if you are having difficulty understanding how the coding concept you are working with should be used.


Spanish II Homework week ending April 6

Due Wednesday, April 4
Spaleon present subjunctive, 100 attempts @90% accuracy with the following verbs: tener, venir, traer, poner, estudiar, decir, hacer, escribir, dar, ir

Due Friday, April 6:
Duolingo 150 XP and complete the unit on determiners (many, few, etc.)

Computer 7 Homework, week ending March 30

Complete a total of 80 minutes of typing on Edutyping during class on Monday and Tuesday. We will have an opportunity to use Minecraft on Thursday if typing goals are met.