Jeopardy style quiz games are favorites for creating excitement and educational instruction at the same time. Teachers, summer camp counselors, and even industry educators find this type of game to help generate interest and involvement from the participants.
The idea behind the game is simple, but sometimes finding a device that will perform the "first to respond" lockout function can be problematic. Here is YAQGC (Yet Another Quiz Game Controller :) based on some pretty neat lighted buzzers and an Arduino put in to a project box.
While the "Lights and Sounds Buttons" from Learning Resources were designed as "stand alone" devices, a few modifications allows them to be connected to and controlled by an Arduino controller. The "Lights and Sounds Buzzers" make a professional looking and fun implementation of a Quiz Game controller.
The buzzers are modified to plug into a base unit and provide "button press" signals and accept an "activation" signal.
The control box houses the Arduino Uno, the reset button, and four LEDs.
While the button modifications are a little tedious, intermediate soldering skills and patience will produce a nice looking and fun to use Quiz Game Controller.
In addition to capturing the first to respond "winner", the controller also captures 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in order of button press. The order is indicated on the control box LEDs. Of course the beauty of having a programmable controller is tuning it to just the way you want it. Other game modes are possible, including "Wheel of Fortune" modes, although this version of the Arduino program only implements the "Jeopardy" style game.
Let's get started! YouTube demo of completed system Background and instructions on www.projectnotions.com