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Can You Create An LED Patriotic Wind Sock Using Brown Dog Gadgets?

Brown Dog Gadgets wants to inspire students to learn the basics of electronics and circuitry on any budget.  For this STEM challenge, students will use Brown Dog Gadgets to create a LED Patriotic Windsock that symbolizes the American Flag to show their patriotism on Independence Day.

What you need per student...

What you need to do...

  • Start by having students read the book  Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag by Sarah L. Thomson or read the book aloud if to a group.
  • Show the video Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman: Patriotism or have students watch it independently.
  • Tell students that the objective of this challenge is to make a windsock that symbolizes the American flag and shows off their patriotism.
  • Students will begin brainstorming how they want to build their fort
    • Make sure students are considering the number of stars and stripes on the flag and how this can best be scaled down while still showing the best correlation to the actual flag.  For example, they might use 5 stars since this is a multiple that could represent the 50 stars found on the actual flag.
  • Students will then begin to sketch out a design to mesh all of their ideas together
    • Remember to consider that the windsock will be blowing in the wind and therefore needs to be sturdy enough to withstand.
  • Once the student has finalized their design ideas and they have decided on the materials and number of LEDs and their colors to use it is time to gather their supplies and get started!
    • First, on your creator sheet write down any issues you think might arise as you are building your windsock.
  • After students have finished, they should examine their windsock and make notes on what pieces need to be adjusted, IF given the opportunity to make a new windsock.

We would love to see you try this STEM Challenge. Share your results with us through social media!

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