Module 9: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Dynamic Message Signs Using Makey Makey

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Course Description

Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) use active, changeable displays to enhance roadway safety as part of an intelligent transportation system (ITS). An ITS does not always have to be a large, complex, and expensive system. Sometimes a single DMS with warning lights or a driver feedback display can make a positive difference when strategically applied. DMS are very conspicuous by their active and attention capturing nature and are best applied as a roadway safety enhancement at high-hazard locations or at high priority speed violation locations.

Learning Outcomes

Following a series of tasks, students will design a hazardous intersection that could be encountered by drivers.
  • Students will use a Makey Makey circuit board to create a Dynamic Message System that will alert oncoming traffic to the dangerous intersection ahead
  • Students will create a simple sensor using the Makey Makey circuit board which will be used to simulate a Dynamic Message Sign.
  • Students will then learn how to connect and program the Makey Makey circuit board to allow the sensor to interact with oncoming traffic.
  • Students will use a free internet-based programming software called Scratch to program a sensor. Scratch is compatible with the Makey Makey circuit board.
  • Students will learn how to add sound clips to their Scratch program to create an interactive sensor.
  • Students will learn how to add a free downloadable sound to their Scratch program for their interactive sensor.
  • Students will use the interactive sensors created here as well as the MOSS Connected Vehicle designed in previous activities and build a model of an Intelligent Transportation System Highway that includes a Connected Vehicle and a Dynamic Message System.
  • Basic Skill Requirements

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    NanoSonic Inc. has compiled a series of Middle School & High School lesson plans to engage students in STEM activities.

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