Unit 6 tech vocab
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The act of creating something new or different. Usually an innovation changes the way people live, work or play
A process for solving problems and designing solutions. The first step in the design process is to define the problem, then you collect information, before brainstorming solutions. Next you develop prototypes of those solutions, test the prototypes to get feedback, and make improvements to the prototype. Depending on the quality of the solution, you can either restart the process or share out the final solution.
An early model, drawing or example of an invention or design. For example when designing a game or an app you might make sketches or drawings of each of the screens for the app or game.
Repeating a process or set of steps. When we think about iterating in design, it means to make an initial design, test the design, revise the design, and repeat the process again.
Physical Interface Device
A physical piece of equipment (like a controller) that a person uses to control or interact with a computer program.
An invention kit that allows you to turn everyday objects into a device that can control your computer. Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and a banana. When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse).
A path in which electrons from a voltage or current source flow. The point where those electrons enter an electrical circuit is called the "source" of electrons. The point where the electrons leave an electrical circuit is called the "return" or "earth ground".
A piece of hardware that gives, sends, or transfers data to a computer. Examples include mice, keyboards, and microphones. When creating a MaKey MaKey controller, we are making a new input device to control our programs.
A piece of hardware that displays, communicates, or sends data or information from a computer. Examples include monitors, speakers, and printers.
Is a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory, and programmable input/output connections (for things like a mouse or keyboard).
A wire that has metal jaw clips at the end and is used to make temporary electrical connections. They can be easily clipped into a circuit board or to other objects that are conductive.
The return path for the electrical current in the circuit (this connection makes the circuit complete). You need to add a ground connection to complete the circuit for the Makey Makey Key object.
A material is a conductor when electricity (even just a tiny bit of it) can flow through it. Anything metal will usually conduct electricity. The "standard" conductors are copper, silver, gold, pencil lead, etc. But with the Makey Makey semi-conductive materials can be used too! Most organic materials - things like human skin, liquids, and foods - are at least a little conductive (because the electricity can flow through the water in those materials).
A closed circuit connected to the Makey Makey. A complete key object will include a conductive material, an alligator clip that connects the conductive material to the Makey Makey, and a ground connection that completes the circuit.