Internet of Things

Imagine a world where “Things” such as mobile devices, thermostats, heat sensors, appliances, action cameras, gas pipe monitors, and motion sensors—could discover, connect and interact wirelessly and then intelligently respond to your needs. This is possible, with the Internet of Things (IoT).

These “Things” from various brands and manufacturers detect each other and connect using electronics and software just like what connects your cell phone to the Internet.


Engineers use the engineering design process to design, build, and test solutions to a problem. Students, in teams, will design and build their own Robo Craft using the skills learned in the Servo activity. The Robo-craft activity is comprised of 4 components (b-e).

Robo-crafts Components

b. Basic Engineering Concepts

c. Engineering Design Process

d. Build the Robo-craft

e. Robo-craft Presentations


Mechanical engineers design and use machines to solve problems. Machines, including robots, are powered by motors. A Servo is a small motor of which there are several different types. This is how robots and many other automated machines work. There are different types of Servos. Standard Servos are small motors that can be instructed to move to any angle in a half circle (from 0 to 180 degrees) and remain there until instructed to move again. Continuous Servos are small motors that can be instructed to spin forwards or backwards in a full circle at different speeds.

LED Circuit

An electrical circuit needs to be a complete loop for electric current to flow through it. Various electrical components can be connected in different ways to control the flow of electric current and make electrical devices that do a wide variety of things. There are also different ways to build a circuit that result in the same effect.

LED Blink

Computer programs are created using computer code. Changing computer code can change how computer programs function. A computer programmer writes computer code to create computer programs that facilitate communication, make equipment and tools work, and solve problems. In the LED Blink activity students learn to control an LED by uploading a program to the Arduino board, change the code on the computer to make the LED blink at different speeds. The LED Blink activity is comprised of 11 components (b - l).

LED Blink Components 

b.   Explore the Materials

History of Qualcomm

The video portrays the History of Qualcomm. It provides students an overview of why Dr. Jacobs founded Qualcomm. See the Implementation tab for more information.

At the Thinkabit Lab we share the following fun facts with students that can be shared with them before or after playing the video.

Fun Facts:


What is a hobby? What is a career? Can they be the same thing? We look at some careers that may be interesting to you based on your personal strengths, interests and values. The QWOW Activity is comprised of an overview and 4 components (b-e).

QWOW Components

b. History of Qualcomm

c. Internet of Things

d. Unique Talents (Strengths, Interests, and Values)

e. Exploring Careers

Transforming a library into a 21st century STEM and career environment for students and the community

Transforming a library into a 21st century STEM and career environment for students and the community

During school hours, Innovation Station, located in the Chula Vista Public Library in Chula Vista, California, hosts career discovery and hands-on engineering activities that are helping prepare sixth grade students to become college- and career-ready.


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