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Blinkybug (Maker Faire version)

Blinkybug (Maker Faire version)
UPDATE: Blinkybug Kits, which include all the parts to make 4 bugs, are now available on Make Magazine's online Maker Store. Blinkybugs are small, eletro-mechanical insects that respond to stimulus such as movement, vibration, and air currents by blinking their LED eyes. They're incredibly simple, yet have a certain lifelike quality. I've been making variations of these for a while now, and showing others how to make them at museums, fairs, workshops, etc. I wanted to come up with a solder-free version for the workshop I was organizing for the 2007 Maker Faire], which took place May 19 + 20 in San Mateo, CA.

LED Throwies LED throwies consist of only a few inexpensive parts and can be made for ~$1.00 per Throwie. You can reference the parts list below or download the attached spreadsheet for more info on parts, part's numbers, vendors and application notes. Part: 10mm Diffused LED Vendor: HB Electronic Components Average cost: $0.20 avg per LED Notes: Cost reductions for larger quantities. Comes in red, blue, amber, white in both diffused and clear. Diffused works better than water clear for the Throwie application. Part: CR2032 3V Lithium Batteries Vendor: Cost: $0.25 per battery Notes: Cost reductions for larger quantities. Part: 1-inch wide Strapping Tape Vendor: Your local hardware store Cost: $2.00 for one roll Notes: One roll will make many throwies Part: 1/2" Dia x 1/8" Thick NdFeB Disc Magnet, Ni-Cu-Ni plated Vendor:Amazing MagnetsCost: $13.00 per 25 magnets Notes: Cost reductions for larger quantities

TRS Drawbot Once you get the hang of using TRS Drawbot, experiment with the different effects you can create by changing pens, substituting in other marking tools like pencils or crayons, working on different types of paper, adjusting the hardware, and tweaking the WAVE synthesizer parameters. Pens that "bleed" into the paper can create interesting effects at slower drawing speeds. For instance, dramatically increasing the endpoint "dwell" time in the WAVE Synthesizer code to a second or longer causes an interesting "connect-the-dots" effect with a felt-tip marker. Likewise, the amount of sliding friction under the forearm will affect line quality. If the forearm does not make contact with the page surface at all, and is resting only lightly on the pen tip, the pen's movements will be faster but less stable; sometimes a "shaking" phenomenon occurs that creates an interesting sketch-like effect. Will it Work with My Device? General Troubleshooting Early TRS Drawbot prototype test. Going Further

Kit-of-No-Parts 7 Ways to Play The Cat's Cradle Game Steps Method 1 of 7: The Cradle The Cat's Cradle Game Step 1.360p.mp4 00:00 00:04 00:04 spaceplay / pauseescstopffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari)←→seek . seek to previous 12…6 seek to 10%, 20%, …60% 1Cut a length of string. Method 2 of 7: The Soldier's Bed Method 3 of 7: Candles Method 4 of 7: The Manger Method 5 of 7: Diamonds Method 6 of 7: The Cat's Eye 1Pinch the two X's from the inside, lift them out and over, under the outside strings, and up into the center. 3Remove the strings from the other person's hands, and extend thumbs and forefingers apart to make the Fish in a Dish. Method 7 of 7: Ending the Game (The Clock) Tips Ad

Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science *Note - This is an Archived course* This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. During each week of the course, you will watch as chefs reveal the secrets behind some of their most famous culinary creations — often right in their own restaurants. Topics will include: soft matter materials, such as emulsions, illustrated by aioli; elasticity, exemplified by the done-ness of a steak; and diffusion, revealed by the phenomenon of spherification, the culinary technique pioneered by Ferran Adrià. To help you make the link between cooking and science, an “equation of the week” will capture the core scientific concept being explored. Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

PROJECTS An exploration into the possibilities for individual construction and customization of the most ubiquitous of electronic devices, the cellphone. … more Electronic Popables Electronic Popables is an interactive pop-up book that sparkles, sings, and moves. The book integrates traditional pop-up mechanisms with thin, flexible, paper-based electronics and the result is a book that … more Codeable Objects Codeable Objects is a library for Processing that enables novice coders, designers and artists to rapidly design, customize and construct an artifact using geometric computation and digital fabrication The programming … more Self-folding Origami Paper A first-step toward origami robotics, I/O paper is a pair of origami papers in which the red (controller) paper senses how it is being folded and the white (output) paper … more Kit-of-No-Parts The Kit-of-No-Parts is an approach to crafting electronics rather than designing discrete components. DressCode Computational Textiles Curriculum

Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding Disney Research, Pittsburgh We present a new energy harvesting technology that generates electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters are flexible, light, and inexpensive, and they utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy. The harvested energy is then used to actuate LEDs, e-paper displays and other devices to create interactive applications for books and other printed media. Research Paper Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding Karagozler, M. Technical Details Paper Generators are based on electrets: materials that hold quasi-permanent electric charge. The operation of the Paper Generators relies on the movement of the two conductive sheets relative to each other and the electret, PTFE. The same principle of operation applies to the horizontal movement of the top electrode (sliding). Team and Credits Contact Email: emre.karagozler [at] disneyresearch [dot] com

Science Museum of Minnesota - Shimmr Glittr The Learning Technologies Center is an applied educational research and development center of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Our mission is to support informal science learning through creative and meaningful applications of classic and emerging technologies. Take a look at the LTC history Through our work LTC has developed an engineering-design continuum to support our mission: Play » Tinker » Make » Engineer » This continuum is supported by a pedagogical approach to develop resources and environments that support the facilitation of inquiry moving into design experiences for learners Inquiry » Design » Engineering Design Washington County Library is hosting its first Maker Fest on Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbury Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place. Next »

SparkTruck Invent to Learn Workshop Shopping List and Downloads The following are some of our favorite things and stuff used in Invent To Learn workshops. Enjoy! Handouts Invent To Learn Workshop Handout Kit and TMI Robot Poster Soft Circuits, a facilitator’s guide to getting started with wearable computing or e-textiles. Lilypad Protosnap Example Code – 2 sketches that demonstrate how all the LEDs, buzzers, buttons, sensors, etc work (Zip file lilypad_protosnap_examples) Seminal videos on learning by making 3n “Experimental Math” laboratory littleBits Quick Start Guides All of the littleBits manuals in one PDF file (as of March 2015) Schooling vs. Fantasy Budget Gary Stager was asked how he would spend $50,000 to get a school on the path to learning-by-making. Parts and Kit Suppliers SparkFun and Adafruit Industries are great sources of kits and electronic parts. MakerShed is a good source of kits and maker supplies for the home. Little Bird Electronics (Aussie distributor) Books Mobile “Maker Spaces?” Turtle Art Turtle Art web site TortugArte (en Espanol) Arduino

Robot recipes: durable metal robot toys made with the cans from last night’s dinner #ArtTuesday November 4, 2014 AT 12:00 am Via B.Light Design. Every Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. No comments yet. Adafruit has a "be excellent to each other" comment policy.

Pescepollo - Lavoretti manuali con materiale riciclato, il robot Che bello questo robot, vero? Per realizzarlo prendete due scatole di dimensioni diverse, una per la testa ed una per il corpo. Per avere una scatola pulita e priva di scritte potete staccare le parti della scatola incollate tra loro e rimontarla al contrario (con l'interno pulito ora diventato esterno). Ho costruito il collo come nel disegno prendendo un rotolino di carta igienica a cui ho tagliato delle parti lasciando due linguette che inserendo nella scatola del corpo ho piegato e incollato. Ritaglia tre forme per gli ingranaggi e fissale alla scatola con un fermacampione così potranno girare. PESCEPOLLO lavoretti manuali per bambini

Sticky Actuators Making robots that move is not an easy task. That’s why we leave that to trained engineers and other really smart people. But what if animating robots became as easy as printing an actuator, sticking it to an inanimate object, and using air to compress and decompress the actuator to spur movement? A team comprised of Ryuma Niiyama from the University of Tokyo and several colleagues from MIT are behind the creation, which genuinely simplifies the way we can animate objects in real-life. The Sticky Actuators are plastic pouches with an adhesive backing that you stick to the joints of the objects you want to set in motion. For their experiments, the team built a custom fabrication machine that simply moves a soldering iron over two sheets of thermoplastic in order to bond them, leaving pouches in the middle where air can enter.

Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry: About the Institute Good science education requires both learning scientific concepts and developing scientific thinking skills. Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, and that leads to asking questions, making discoveries, and testing those discoveries in the search for new understanding. Inquiry, as it relates to science education, should mirror as closely as possible the enterprise of doing real science. The inquiry process is driven by one’s own curiosity, wonder, interest, or passion to understand an observation or to solve a problem. The process begins when the learner notices something that intrigues, surprises, or stimulates a question—something that is new, or something that may not make sense in relationship to the learner's previous experience or current understanding. The next step is to take action—through continued observing, raising questions, making predictions, testing hypotheses, and creating conceptual models.