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Mr. Benshoof’s Remote Learning Digital Electronics

Welcome to a new experience: Remote Digital Electronics.  It’s certainly not ideal, but we’ll do the best we can to finish our class without being able to meet in person!  Here you’ll find all of the online resources that we’ll use to cover topics while we can’t meet together.  If these resources don’t work for you, you can also contact Lathrop high school (907-456-7794) and arrange to pick up paper assignments instead!

I’m here to help you out in any way I can.  Feel free to e-mail or join me for a video-chat anytime throughout the week.  I can help with our class, other classes your in, or if you just want to say hi!

 

E-MAIL             Zoom Info in your E-mail!

 Complete the Week 4 Video Scavenger Hunt! 

WHAT IS REMOTE LEARNING?

Well, “Remote Learning” is what happens when we can’t meet together in school.  Instead of having regular class like we’re used to, some of us will be learning at home on computers, others will be learning at WiFi hotspots on our phones, and others will be learning using pencil and paper as we read about the topics and try out practice problems.

In short: Remote Learning means making sure that YOU continue to learn cool stuff no matter where you are!

There’s no doubt we’re in challenging times.  Make the most of your school time at home, take care of your family, and keep looking for fun ways to apply the digital electronics you know!

Mr. Benshoof is here and happy to help throughout the week.

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ZOOM MEETING

You can join Mr. Benshoof in a video call any day of the week!  We have optional “Virtual Classes” throughout the week based on what period you’re in:

First Period – MONDAYS 10:30-11:30

Second Period – WEDNESDAYS 10:30-11:30

Third Period – FRIDAYS 10:30-11:30

Fourth Period – MONDAYS 11:40-12:40

In addition, Mr. Benshoof has “Virtual Office Hours” on Zoom from 1-2pm on Mon, Wed, Fri and also from 10am – 2pm on Tues & Thurs.

Check your e-mail for Zoom login details!

TinkerCad for Circuits

We’ll do most of our remiaing DE work in something called “TinkerCad for Circuits”.  You can create an account using your school district student email (log in with Gmail), so that’s it’s an easy one-click log in!

Then, when you are working on an electronics project you’ll be able to share your work with Mr. Benshoof using the blue “Share” button and entering Mr. Benshoof’s email:   christopher.benshoof@k12northstar.org

Week 7 Remote Learning Tasks: May 11 - May 15

Welcome to the final week of remote learning for engineering, Spring 2020 edition! This week you need to:

  • Wrap up your individual project, or at least your current progress on it.  Haven’t started a project?  It’s not too late!  Have a cool idea of something fun and easy and get working!
  • Communicate your work with Mr. Benshoof!  Share what you’ve been working on via email, with pictures, video, or by Zoom.  Mr. Benshoof wants to compile stories of your ongoing engineering work from home for a “Virtual Remote Learning Engineering Showcase” at the end of the week.  So now’s the time to share what you’ve ben doing in some way!
  • Even though the school year ends Friday, check back to this website this coming weekend to see the virtual showcase!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead? The work of an engineer never stops!  Keep going this summer by building, designing, and making cool things.  Want some help on your project?   Mr. Benshoof is always available by e-mail (even over the summer) to give you some advice or send cool new resources your way.  Thanks for all your hard work this last quarter, and keep engineering!

Week 6 Remote Learning Tasks: May 4 - May 8

Welcome to week 6 and a chance for your individual project! This week you need to:

  • Now, take some time to consider a new (and short) individual project!
  • This week is open to design and complete your own small engineering project from home.  You’ll need to start by identifying a cool thing to work on, making a simple plan for completion, and then working to make some progress.
  • If you can, take a few pictures or short video about your work as you go!
  • Want help organizing your ideas?  Use the attached planning sheet to guide your work!
  • Next week we’ll look at sharing your progress and what you’ve been working on
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead? Next weeek we’ll wrap up the semester by sharing what you’ve been working on in your at-home remote individual project.  Think about what kinds of pictures or video you might be able to share to let people see the cool thing you were working on.

Week 5 Remote Learning Tasks: April 27 - May 1

Welcome to a time for individual projects! Since we’ve spent a few weeks becoming masters of Arduino in Tinkercad for Circuits, it’s time to shift gears and give ourselves some otpions.  This week you need to:

  • (You can use the attached assignment sheet to guide your work this week!)
  • Do some brainstorming about what your personal project could be.  Come up with at least 10 ideas for something fun. crafty, engineering-y that you could work on from home!
  • It’s totally okay (and encouraged) for your project to happen in Tinkercad for Circuits or to include digital electronics in some way.  You don’t have to, but you know so much about it all now that this could be a fun chance to try something cool, new, or different.
  • Make a plan for what steps you would need to go through to make your project cool and awesome over the next few weeks.
  • Let Mr. Benshoof know what your plan is and get started!  Try and make the first little bit of progress on your project in these next few days.
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Keep working on that project!  The more time and effort you can put into this project, the better it’ll be and the more proud you’ll be of the final result!

Week 4 Remote Learning Tasks: April 20 - April 24

This week you need to:

  • We’re going to give ourselves some more time to work with the Arduino challenges.  Keep up the good work in Tinkercad for circuits! 
     Arduino Challenge Assignment
  • As you complete Arduino challenges, you should make a new TinkerCad circuit for each one, naming them individually so that I can follow along and help out!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Then keep on building!  We’ll play with Arduinos in TinkerCad for a while, so if you want to get ahead, just keep on working through those challenges!

Week 3 Remote Learning Tasks: April 13 - April 17

This week you need to:

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  • Now,continue your work with Arduino and the various challenges presented in the following assignment. This week we get to keep up the good work we started last week with Arduino in Tinkercad for Circuits!
     Arduino Challenge Assignment
  • As you complete Arduino challenges, you should make a new TinkerCad circuit for each one, naming them individually so that I can follow along and help out!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Then keep on building!  We’ll play with Arduinos in TinkerCad for a while, so if you want to get ahead, just keep on working through those challenges!

Week 2 Remote Learning Tasks: April 6 - April 10

This week you need to:

  • Sign up for AirTable so that we can share resources, assignments, and work!  You can follow the link here and use your student email address to get connected and start sharing!
  • Then, make sure you’re connected to TinkerCad for Circuits!  You can again make a free account by signing in with your school district Google information.  Then, add out class code so you’re account is connected with me.  That way I’ll be able to help you out when you’re working on things.
  • Finally, get building!  Try and complete the first couple challenges in the Arduino Challenge Assignment.  If you took robotics, you’ll remember many of these!  See if you can get 1, 2, or 3 of them done this week!  Be sure to do them in order – they get progressively more difficult.
     Arduino Challenge Assignment
  • As you complete Arduino challenges, you should make a new TinkerCad circuit for each one, naming them individually so that I can follow along and help out!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Then keep on building!  We’ll play with Arduinos in TinkerCad for a while, so if you want to get ahead, just keep on working through those challenges!

Week 1 Remote Learning Tasks: March 30 - April 3

 You don’t have to print any of these unless you want to.  They’re all designed to be vieed on a screen and then done either electronically or on scratch paper.

This week you need to:

  • Complete the Home Engineering Scavenger Hunt in Google Sheets!
     View the Assignment          Use The Google Sheet Link
  • Complete the Engineering Design Brainstorming Challenge!
     View the Assignment          Use The Google Sheet Link
  • Complete the Design Drawing Blueprint! Share it with Mr. Benshoof if you can! (e-mail, Google Docs, etc)
     View the Assignment
  • Log in to TinkerCad for Circuits.  You’ll need to make an account and then go back to TinkerCard for Circuits.  You’ll be able to put an Arduino into the work space, wire it up, and program it.  Log in and play around!
  • OPTIONAL:  Want a super challenge?  See if you can get an Arduino to make an LED blink off and on.  Share your circuit with Mr. Benshoof!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Almost our whole fourth quarter was going to be about Arduino anyway – with our remote learning in full swing, we’ll just do all that work in this TinkerCad for Circuits.  Play around with this and make some cool things – the more you make the more ahead you’ll be!

CONTACT MR. BENSHOOF                          christopher.benshoof@k12northstar.org                       ZOOM (10am-2pm Daily): Check Your E-Mail!