Great remix of the Wireless Game Show Poppers for the Classroom project in the Adafruit Learning System from JScottMO on Instructables. Thanks to JScottMO for sending this project in!
I teach at the University of Missouri, and I wanted a method to add some “Gamification” to my exam review exercises. There is a lot of evidence and research that using a game in class can help with student learning (it activates different pathways in the brain (social, reward, motor-sensory, etc.). For a quick summary, check out The Five Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms. Gamification:
- Boosts enthusiasm toward math
- Lessens disruptive behavior
- Increases cognitive growth
- Incorporates mature make-believe which encourages growth and development, and
- Improves attention span through game-centric learning.
So when I saw a blog post on the Adafruit site about using and modifying a set of cheap game show controllers ( Wireless Game Show Poppers for the Classroom! Pro Trinket + Hacked Duo Pop Game = Game Show Fun!), I thought this might be a great solution. However, as I played with this solution more, I decided that I needed something that would be free standing and not require a particular piece of software or computer connection to work. At that time, I had also started playing with the 16×8 1.2″ LED Matrix (https://www.adafruit.com/products/2039) and loved the display and scrolling text that you could make. So, I set off to come up with a stand-alone Game Show Controller, that would use the POP IR transmitters, with four 16X8 LED matrixes that would display scores, status, etc.
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