Mini LED Flashlight – SCOPES Digital Fabrication

Lesson Details

Grade Levels
6-8
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Author

Kevin McKee
Kevin McKee
K-12 teacher
Kevin McKee is a certified teacher in secondary mathematics as well as special education.  He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to obtain his degree.  He currently works as a teacher in the IU1 Fab Lab at Colonial where he… Read More

Summary

Students will design and fabricate their very own mini LED flashlights! Students will create a case that fits all of the internal components of the flashlight. This can be done using the step-by-step tutorial design that follows, or by creating their own unique and original design. They will be given all of the internal components of the flashlight to assemble and solder correctly before inserting it into their designed case.

 

LESSON OBJECTIVES

At the end of this experience students will be able to:

  • Create concept models (vector) using drafting/design software such as Google Sketch Up and CorelDraw.
  • Use this same software to create and manipulate designs/images (raster) onto their cases.
  • Use www.makercase.com to create a simple box vector to house their mini LED flashlight.
  • Understand resistors and what they are used for.
  • Understand the basic components of electronics used to power and hook up an LED bulb.
  • Learn to correctly solder wires, bulbs, and a resistor in their correct places in order to power the light.
  • Proficiently set up the file to be printed on the laser, setting all preferences for vectoring and rastering to the correct specifications for the project/material being used.
  • Communicate and collaborate with peers on problem solving and group work.
  • Present final outcomes — from concept to final production — including setbacks, future improvements, and final product.
  • Identify correct terms for the design and production process such as vector vs. raster etc.

 

What You'll Need

Instructional Time

  • 40-Minute Sessions for 2 days

 

Hardware

 

The picture below has the specific parts we used for our project as described above.