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Random Poetry Generator


  • Project TitleRandom Poetry Generator
  • ThemeCoding, Arduino, Creativity
  • Submitted ByJennifer Leonard
  • OrganizationThe Skills Library
  • Brief DescriptionA random-poetry generator using an Arduino board and circuit based on the Snap Circuits "Snapino" set. Turn the crank on a generator, then pause, and random words appear on the computer screen to create a random poem. The faster you turn the crank, the more poetry you get.

    The program is pre-written, including an array of words for the random poetry, and participants can modify the program and array of words.
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  • Materials / ResourcesSnap Circuits (TM) "Snapino" set
    Hand-cranked generator or motor (from another Snap Circuits or Thames & Kosmos set)
    Computer with Arduino software, as described in the Snapino set

Activity Sheets

  • Random Poetry Generator (Arduino Sketch)

    // first set up some variables that will be used in the program
    // r will be a random number that the program selects
    // s will be the previous random number... just because we do not want to use the same number twice in a row
    // delay1 is used to tell the program how much to pause between each step
    // the other fields define the pins on the micro-controller board and define a sensor reading that will measure how much power you get from the generator
    // the sensor reading could also pick up a reading from other sensors, such as a light sensor or motion detector

    long r;
    long s;
    int SensorReading = 0;
    int delay1=200;
    int i=1;

    const int ledPin =  10;
    const int button = 9;   
    const int mysensor = A0;

    void setup(){

        pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);

      // if analog input pin 0 is unconnected, random analog
      // noise will cause the call to randomSeed() to generate
      // different seed numbers each time the sketch runs.
      // randomSeed() will then shuffle the random function.
     // or fill in a number to start the randomization, such as randomSeed(4)


    void loop() {
      SensorReading = analogRead(mysensor); //Read the value of the A2 pin and assign that value to Val
      char* myPoemArray[]={

    if (SensorReading<=300) {     
        digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);    //If the sensor meets the IF condition then turn on the LED

      // loop through this routine four times
      // choose a random number and then print that word number from the array of words
      // (unless it is a repeat of the previous word)

      int x = 1;
       for (int x = 0; x < 4; x = x + 1)
      r = random(0, 17);
      if (r==s)
      { }
       { Serial.print(myPoemArray[r]);
         Serial.print(" ");
       // after looping four times, move to the next line
       Serial.println(" ");
      else {
        digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);          //If anything else happens turn the LED off



Tags = Science-Wednesdays | Arduino/Snapino | poetry | random | coding | Subject = Science | Grade Level = MS | Time Period = | Program/Funding = | NONE |
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