A highly-efficient innovative classroom, called "Bit Laboratory", that combines the application of electrical sensors and a new type of 3D art design together for fast prototyping is presented. In order to inspire the students' spirit of innovation, everything in this classroom is built by small "Bit". The chairs and desks are made from transparent bricks that the students can assemble by themselves. Electronic sensor-based "BitLab Bricks" enable the students to conceive a conceptual idea to house the electronic components using eight transparent geometric shapes in different colors. The interactive learning platform is delivered through team-based "BitLab Curriculum", which consists of four components: inventor story, technology introduction, design and prototype, and product presentation. Each team consists of three to four students of various abilities and both genders. During each project, the team members work together and resolve conflicting ideas in order to reach a consensus on their design. Team members of varying talents shine throughout the process. "Bit Laboratory" integrates scientific history, sensor technology with quick prototyping and public speaking in a team-based interactive learning environment. The "Bit Laboratory" has sprouted all around China in schools and tech museums. The status and impact of "Bit Laboratories" in elementary and middle schools will be presented.
Weixun Cao, Arixin Electronics Co., China
Stream: Technology in the Classroom
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