Planet Arduino

Planet Arduino

This piece is an educational game designed for elementary school kids to interact with the solar system in two ways simultaneously. The child would click the planet displayed on screen, which would then trigger an LED to light up with the number that planet is from the sun. After a slight delay a motor begins turning at the relative speed that planet rotates while in orbit.


Using a Leonardo Arduino, I connected two breadboards, one to run the LED, the other for the motor. Two external energy sources were also attached to provide a larger range in rotation speeds. The planets appear onscreen out of order, so the objective is to click through them all in order and discover the vast difference in rotation speed between each one. This would give teachers a more hands on, as well as visual way, to illustrate outer space. IMG_7362




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