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Design smart systems

Choose a smart system project for your computer science classroom. Compatible with the TI-Nspire™ CX II or TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator.

Smart Irrigation System

Build a system that monitors soil and weather conditions to determine whether or not a pump should be turned on. Average duration: 6 hours.

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Concepts explored

  • Variables
  • Loops
  • Conditional statements
  • Boolean operators

Required technology and materials

  • TI-Nspire™ CX II or TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator
  • TI-Innovator™ Hub
  • Grove light sensor
  • Grove DHT (humidity and temperature) sensor
  • Grove soil moisture sensor
  • Submersible pump, controlled by a Grove Mosfet

 

 

 

Digital Mood Ring

Highly recommended for beginners. Design a working digital mood ring using temperature sensors, wires and lights. Duration options: 1, 4 or 6 hours.

Launch TI-Nspire™ CX II activity Launch TI-84 Plus CE activity

Concepts explored

  • Variables
  • Loops
  • Conditional statements
  • Boolean operators

Required technology and materials

  • TI-Nspire™ CX II or TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator
  • TI-Innovator™ Hub
  • Grove temperature sensor
  • Chenille wire

 

 

 

 

Pet Car Alarm

Create an alarm system that sets off warnings and signals for help if it senses the presence of an animal inside a car with unsafe heat conditions. Average duration: 6 hours.

Launch TI-Nspire™ CX II activity Launch TI-84 Plus CE activity

Concepts explored

  • Variables
  • Loops
  • Conditional statements
  • Boolean operators

Required technology and materials

  • TI-Nspire™ CX II or TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator
  • TI-Innovator™ Hub
  • Two (2) Grove temperature sensors
  • Two (2) Grove white LEDs
  • Grove hall sensor
  • Grove continuous servo
  • USB battery
  • Ceramic disk magnet
  • Tape
  • Shoebox or fashion doll model car


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BBC micro:bit

A great way to get students started in physical computing.
Python-enabled TI graphing calculators are compatible with the
BBC micro:bit.

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