Engineering Class Makes Scoreboard

On Wednesday March 26, 2014, John Bannister Marx and Dave Veling’s high school engineering class wired together an electrical charge scoreboard. Students in the class were given an assignment to connect pieces to create a scoreboard which will light up when it is all connected correctly. Students had to learn how to read and write Binary Code Sequences that show what light circuit turns on and what like circuit is off.

Richards help out students from the other tables, struggling to finished and light up their score board. Junior Julia Geswell watches intently on how he is  putting the pieces together.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richards help out students from the other tables, struggling to finished and light up their score board. Junior Julia Geswell watches intently on how he is putting the pieces together.
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx and Veling handed out the score board kits to every set of partners in the class. The kits contained: Llight bulb holders, snaps, a speaker, and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx and Veling handed out the score board kits to every set of partners in the class. The kits contained: Llight bulb holders, snaps, a speaker, and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Turning the switch to power the score board, sophomore Josh Richards contemplates the design of this Binary Code Sequence structure. Richards worked by connecting snaps together that will keep the charges closed so the board was able to light up. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Turning the switch to power the score board, sophomore Josh Richards contemplates the design of this Binary Code Sequence structure. Richards worked by connecting snaps together that will keep the charges closed so the board was able to light up. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Trying to connect the pieces to a puzzle, partners Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge work together, holding the pieces down steadily while the one of them connects more snaps. There are snaps that have only one on them and others that go up to having seven snaps on them. All snaps were needed during the process of creating this board. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Trying to connect the pieces to a puzzle, partners Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge work together, holding the pieces down steadily while the one of them connects more snaps. There are snaps that have only one on them and others that go up to having seven snaps on them. All snaps were needed during the process of creating this board. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In a finished scoreboard, everything is connected to something. In order to make the lights turn on. The on/off switch is the open/closed circuit. It is the one thing that determines whether the charge will go through and start up the board’s lights. Credit:  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In a finished scoreboard, everything is connected to something. In order to make the lights turn on. The on/off switch is the open/closed circuit. It is the one thing that determines whether the charge will go through and start up the board’s lights. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx explains the worksheet and how to code the zero and make it light up. The workbooks contained information on how to code and decode the score boards and how to make them light up without a plug. It all has to do with the connections of the snaps and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx explains the worksheet and how to code the zero and make it light up. The workbooks contained information on how to code and decode the score boards and how to make them light up without a plug. It all has to do with the connections of the snaps and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Julia Geswell puts together the pieces of the scoreboard. Before the class tried to create the scoreboard everyone got handed out a box full of batteries, wires and light bulbs. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Julia Geswell puts together the pieces of the scoreboard. Before the class tried to create the scoreboard everyone got handed out a box full of batteries, wires and light bulbs. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is what the final product looked like. This activity helped showed the student how circuits are used. Its shows what connect to what and to show where the wires go. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is what the final product looked like. This activity helped showed the student how circuits are used. Its shows what connect to what and to show where the wires go. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the student gradually worked through the activity they would take the materials that they need out of this box. By the end of the activity half of the materials would be used. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the student gradually worked through the activity they would take the materials that they need out of this box. By the end of the activity half of the materials would be used. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the activity everyone in the class would do a worksheet. This worksheet helps the students learn what an open and closed circuit looks like. The students would use a one for and open circuit and a zero to show that it is a closed circuit. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the activity everyone in the class would do a worksheet. This worksheet helps the students learn what an open and closed circuit looks like. The students would use a one for and open circuit and a zero to show that it is a closed circuit. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge put the last piece of their scoreboard on the plastic platform and switch the one switch to see if it works. After Grimes and Attridge find that their scoreboard works,  they work on the worksheet in their workbook. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge put the last piece of their scoreboard on the plastic platform and switch the one switch to see if it works. After Grimes and Attridge find that their scoreboard works, they work on the worksheet in their workbook. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Working progressively,  freshmen Aisea Collens focuses on how to connect the snaps in order to light the board. Collens had yet to light the score board but worked through the problems progressively and eventually lighting it and getting all of the numbers. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Working progressively, freshmen Aisea Collens focuses on how to connect the snaps in order to light the board. Collens had yet to light the score board but worked through the problems progressively and eventually lighting it and getting all of the numbers. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Geswell and Ford connecting pieces to the board, ready to set up their scoreboard. Working together they finished and got the scoreboard lit up within their next five minutes working together. They were one of the first to complete the project of the board and continued to help others with their work.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Geswell and Ford connecting pieces to the board, ready to set up their scoreboard. Working together they finished and got the scoreboard lit up within their next five minutes working together. They were one of the first to complete the project of the board and continued to help others with their work.
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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