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Lionel Bergeron

Making Sense of Sensors

A Talk by Lionel Bergeron (District Administrator)

About this Talk

Making Sense of Sensors is a series of lesson and activities created with Sunset Spark to teach students about how sensors work and connect to physical computing, as well as other content areas. Sensors help technology like robots and smart phones detect data from the physical world. Students learn about the traditional human senses ”taste, touch, sight, sound, smell” but humans have lesser known senses that fit into and overlap with these categories, such as the ability to sense hot and cold. Animals have similar senses, often more powerful, like a butterfly's ability to see ultraviolet light, and less powerful, like a dog's partial color blindness. Animals can also have extra senses, like a bee's ability to sense magnetic fields, or a platypus’s ability to sense electric fields. We can use senses from living things to inspire sensors in technology. A typical smartphone has a multitude of sensors for detecting acceleration (accelerometer), direction (magnetometer / compass), and position on Earth (GPS). Sensors capture information from the real world and turn it into data for computers to interpret.

October 19, 2023, 12:00 AM

Live Theater

12:00 AM - 01:00 AM

About The Speakers

Lionel Bergeron

Lionel Bergeron

District Administrator