School in a box/Saturday

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Stuff that happened

  • Scout team (Mel, Ankur, Chris, Mike) BUYING STUFF IN NEW YORK RUNNING AROUND HURRAH
  • Houston team staying on-base, working with Ardurino, phoning in purchase requests (Seth, Nikki, David, Dan, etc)
  • Linux discussion-ness and guruship (Lynn, Jay)

Filtered List to buy

Fun Stuff

  • stickers - cheap, decorative/personalize, reward system for teachers - for rewards from teachers (even if tacky, any kind of recognition will have positive effect)
  • sewing kit
  • gum arabic (airplane?)
    • gum arabic (only ingredient needed in addition to flour to make playdough)
  • candy (localization ?)
  • funny hats
  • inflatables
  • flags
  • magic tricks
  • magic plastic

Experiment Supplies

  • sensors (phidgets)
  • protoboards
  • circuit parts
  • multimeter
  • seeds
  • magnifier
  • magnets (shipping considerations)
  • speaker wire (niftiness ensues with the above)
  • triops eggs

Repair Kit

  • replacement parts/DOAs
  • screw drivers (suitable for XO repairs)
  • screen wipes
  • needlenose pliers
  • electrical tape

Electronic Components

  • solar panel (for powering the laptops, and perhaps power measurement experiments)
  • batteries (need associated charger)
  • surge protector/UPS/Power strip (localization issues?)
  • usb storage
  • keyboard/mouse

Misc

  • GPS - how to apply to XO?
  • Mentor contact info
  • ziploc
  • radios
  • sundial
  • globes (inflatable) and maps (i10n)
  • sharpie/pens (label tape)
  • air pump for inflatables (nozzle for cleaning)

Brainstorms

Note: The list below will be moved to an appropriate page, as categories become apparent during the day.

Things we think that would be cool to put in the box

groundrules: no stupid ideas, no shooting stuff down - Brainstorm at MNN

  • things that are inflatable
  • solar panels
  • screwdrivers
  • replacement parts/XOs
  • DOAs to take apart?
  • a pony
  • GPS, radios
  • sensors (from MIT lab?)
  • fidgets
  • big LCD
  • leds
  • protoboards
  • circuit parts
  • swords
  • donuts
  • magnets
  • speaker wire
  • duct tape!
  • magic plastic (Friendly Plastic)
  • Sculpy
  • gum arabic
  • magic tricks
  • USB keys
  • rifle barrels
  • deer gun
  • the philosopher's stone
  • mercury
  • (no mercury - nlee)
  • sun dial
  • flags
  • knitting supplies
  • sticks
  • (references to Monty Python)
  • hats
  • multimeter
  • solder iron
  • sparklers
  • pizza
  • candies
  • triops
  • sea monkeys
  • seeds (noninvasive - garden?)
  • geiger counter
  • rocks
  • magnifiers
  • calcium
  • ph strips
  • batteries - AA, AAA, rechargable ones
  • temporary tattoos (nlee - culturally sensitive ones!)
  • plushie XO
  • farmer's almanac
  • mentor contacts
  • maps - beach ball globe! --> but these can be gotten on the XO
  • ziploc bags

What would be cool to be able to learn to do with stuff in this box

  • repairs
  • connect to net
  • get power
  • math, language, music - how to make fit local curriculum?
  • literacy
  • geography
  • encryption
  • fractals
  • photography
  • drawing
  • astronomy
  • weather
  • agriculture/botany/animal husbandry
  • health/medicine
  • romance
  • cooking! (note: transcriber likes food :D)
  • paleontology/archaeology
  • sociology
  • magic
  • Open source propoganda
  • alchemy
  • religion
  • how to argue with adults
  • environment happy - greennness
  • safety stuff
  • lab experiment videos
  • CD drive
  • diversity training
  • cultural learning
  • voodoo/ the zombie apocalypse (Mel says it's an important step towards cultural understanding)

NO list

  • serial killers
  • velociraptors (but useful in math education!)
  • non biodegradable materials
  • invasive plant species
  • sword
  • radiation
  • lead
  • cigarettes
  • poison
  • alcohol
  • DVDs with preset lectures (lecture dvds of boredom)
  • rabid wolf
  • children
  • whip/rod
  • airplane stoppy things
  • alive things
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