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As a professional artist, deepening the ways in which seemingly disparate objects and processes are interconnected through locating, and mapping their intersections has been one of the main elements of my studio practice. The Fab Lab tools and working processes create an environment that is well suited to investigating those types of intersections. In an effort to integrate Fab Lab tools centered on craft, and studio-based processes into the classroom, I have been working to implement a Mobile MakerCart at a project-based K-8 charter school. In addition to introducing craft-based physical computing projects to the children, a guiding principle behind the MakerCart is to give teachers the opportunity to develop familiarity with the MakerCart’s tools and processes in order to be able to envision the ways in which they might be able to develop their own curriculum for use in the classroom. Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig.3 Fig. 4 1.1 Fold The Paper Fig. 5 1.2 Create Your Story Fig. 6 1.3 Build The Circuit Fig. 7 Related:  Paper Circuits & LED ProjectsCircuiti di carta

Paper circuits w/ copper tape You can quickly create circuits on paper using copper tape, clear tape, and some simple electronics. The image above is from a workshop Jie taught at the Exploratorium museum. Components (available from Digi-Key): Other tools & materials: small binder clipsclear tapecard stock paperscissors or an xacto knife and cutting mattweezerssoldering iron + solder (optional) Getting started You can use the templates we’ve created to guide your initial explorations. Electrical connections Electrical connections between the LEDs, switches, and battery are made with copper tape (shown in grey in the templates). Battery connection To secure the battery and create electrical connections between it and the copper tape, fold a corner of the page over and clip it around the battery using a binder clip or a paper clip: LED connection Surface mount LEDs, shown as yellow rectangles on the templates, are teeny tiny and can be challenging to work with at first, but aren’t bad once you get the hang of it.

Project Daffodil Uses Electronics to Create Interactive Pop-Up Books View All This exhibit will be appearing at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area. Don’t have tickets yet? Get them here! Project Daffodil is a fun project that mixes pop-up books and electronics, with the goal of getting girls into STEM. Their initial project follows a young princess named Cassie who has to complete various tasks along with her pet dragon to restore light to her castle. We talked to creators Sian Geraghty, Robert Foster, and Christine HO to find out a little bit more about the project. Why did you build it? We are building this interactive electronic pop-up book for our graduate thesis project for the Masters in Multimedia Program at CSUEB. Who do you find inspiring in this category of stuff? We were greatly inspired by the work of Professor Marina Bers out of Tufts, who works with an educational pedagogy called “Constructionist” and advocates STEM learning through hands-on projects. What were the biggest problems you had making this? Overall the reactions have been great.

Paper Animatronics Animatronics grew out of the desire to break the limitations of animated films to bring characters into the real world. Our goal is to create the illusion of life with electronic creatures of our own design to tell an original story. Traditionally, animatronics has been the sole province of highly skilled artists and engineers working with complex mechanisms, found in theme parks. The exquisite entertainment robots they created often cost as much as a house, each. But you can build your own simple animatronic shows using inexpensive and readily available materials. When you make an animatronics show, you are making an original one-of-a-kind show with you as writer and builder. Meet the Fort Worth project team! Meet the Seattle project team! See more at and

Makey Makey Will Make You Love The "Internet Of Things" Ever wanted to wake up in a Disney cartoon where everything around you is animated and interactive? Now you can...Turn a bunch of bananas into a piano. Turn your friends into a synthesizer. Turn a trampoline into a slideshow controller. Turn your hand into a game glove. Makey Makey is a little circuit board that comes with a set of alligator clips. The not-so-secret agenda for Makey Makey, according to creators Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, is to allow anyone to become an engineer. Makey Makey is part of a creative and technological down-shift in which very smart electronics are dumbed down to make the world manipulable by ordinary people in ways previously available only to developers. In the 14 months since the Kickstarter-funded project made its debut, 50,000 Makey Makeys have gone into the world; roughly one in five are being used in Makerspaces, for after-school programs and other educational settings. 1. 2. 3. 4. Find out more about Makey Makey. [Images Courtesy of Makey Makey]

Let It Glow Holiday Cards Favorited Favorite 4 Introduction Craft a glowing card for friends and family this holiday season with paper circuits - no soldering required! Paper engineer and pop up book designer Robert Sabuda allowed us to adapt some of his free templates for use with electronics. Why Aren’t We Soldering? You may have seen Nick’s awesome Father’s Day Card tutorial and are wondering why this one is different. Suggested Reading If you are brand new to working with electronics, here’s some helpful reading to check out: Materials and Tools Here is a list of all the materials and tools you’d need to follow along: A note on LEDs: We recommend using the smallest LED you can find - 3mm work well because they don’t add too much bulk to your card when folded. Step 1: Print Templates Right-click the images below and choose “Save Link As” to download the templates to your computer. Print your templates out on cardstock. Set the pop up pages aside for now. Gingerbread House Template - 3 pages Window Template - 2 pages

SparkTruck's Simple Circuit Town! - All - English This workshop explores imagining a city, sketching the city, building the city using cardboard and tape and then illuminating the city with LED lights. In about 2 hours, this project covers topics ranging from geometry, simple circuits and urban design, all through a fun hands-on experience that incorporates both low-tech building and simple circuits. This activity can be aligned to multiple subject areas and grade levels: math, social studies, language arts and more! This workshop requires several facilitators (recommended = 2). The ideal age group for this workshop is ~12 years old (6th grade), although it can be successfully done with students a few years older and younger. Quick stats: Total time required: 2 hours Number of facilitators: 2 minimum Number of students: 25 maximum Age of students: ~12 years old, +/- 2 (but grownups love it, too!)

LED Pull Tab Circuit Lesson - Make to Learn Jonathan Cohen Grade Level:Upper Elementary and up Description Students can create a circuit that lights up, using a small battery, some wire, and LED, and a pull-tab switch that they make out of paper. Objectives Students will identify parts of a circuit. - Students will create a circuit. - Students will explain how a circuit works. Standards Science standards vary from state-to-state. Materials A computer with Fab@School Designer installed - Access to a Silhouette digital fabricator - Access to a printer (color preferred) - Sufficient sheets of 110 lb. cardstock paper - Glue stick - 22 gauge insulated wire, approximately 18 inches per circuit. Procedure Ideally, this lesson would follow introductory instruction on circuitry. Introduction: Engage the students’ interest by demonstrating the final product, and explain to them that they will be making their own pull-tab LED light in this lesson. Activity: Distribute the Pull Tab LED Instructions and Wiring Diagram (446 KB) handout. Conclusion:

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Create A Paper Castle with Interactive Electronics Step #3: Build the castle (cont'd) PrevNext Cut out the slots for door pieces on the front of the castle piece. Step #9: Tips & Tricks There are two types of copper tape — one with a conductive adhesive and one without. When using the non-conductive adhesive tape, the copper will only be conductive on the top side. Voltage Village - Glowing House Set - Bare ConductiveBare Conductive Step 21 Troubleshooting If your LEDs don't turn on or off at this stage don't fret, there's a few things you can check: 1. Is your paint dry? 2. 3. 4.