Animatronicshop.com | Learning can be fun Paper Circuit: Parallel with Pressure Switch Paper circuits are a great way of adding light to your drawings, origami, or papercraft creations. Instead of using wires to connect a battery to LEDs, paper circuits use conductive metal tape. You may want to try the Make: Project Simple Paper Circuit first, which appears alongside this project on the one page paper circuit PDF, designed for easy reference in educational settings. Copper tape can be found online at places like Amazon, Sparkfun, and as part of the Circuit Stickers kit at Maker Shed. Popularized by technology-oriented artists like Jie Qi and Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, refined in places like the Tinkering Studio and nexmap, and now a wonderful product called Circuit Stickers, this lovely synthesis of art and technology is a great way to introduce artists to electronics, and engineers to art. This Make: Project is just the beginning of what’s possible.
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Klackerlaken KlackerlakenWorkshop (2011) A special kind of vermin was identified in the summer of 2011. Due to the fact that initially mainly bottle caps, especially CLUB MATE caps, were infested, the new pest was at first called MATErlaken. Other popular names include Drinken Lights, or in German, Kronemänner. The Klackerlake (clanking bug) is an invasive species, and a pest indeed: A mobile LED-Throwie, equipped with poisonous button cells, whose remains might outlive us. The first specimens were sighted at the Chaos Communication Camp in Finowfurt in August 2011. MATErlaken at Chaos Communication Camp 2011 During the workshop kids and grown-ups learned how to build their own solderless glowing vibrobots, using only a vibration motor (the sort that can be found in cell phones), a battery, an LED, some sticky tape and a bottle cap. I also ran a 2-hour-long workshop with a school class in Augsburg. I noticed that even though they were still rather young, the kids were expecting proper instructions.
Actobotics Overlapping hole patterns offer extreme versatility when designing and building structures. By incorporating precision shafting and tubing, the indexed angles you can achieve are virtually unlimited. Put your project in motion using Actobotics pulleys, belts, sprockets, chain and more! ActoboticsTM Q&AHow do I know if a part is an Actobotics component? “Designed for industry, university, and advanced experimenters, Actobotics’ numerous beams, shafts, gears, bearings and other components are well designed for sensible interconnection to produce electromechanical prototypes and even finished products.The ServoBlocks and servo gearboxes enhance standard servo performance providing robust mechanical motion to many designs.” - Tom CarrollRobotics Engineering Writer and Consultant ActoboticsTM is...Precise.
Beyond the Museum: Tinkering with Paper Circuits One of the things that we are currently thinking about in the Tinkering Studio is how we might translate work we are doing on the floor of the museum to after school programs, classrooms, and other formal and informal educational settings. We've been inspired by a collaboration this summer with artist-in-residence Jie Qi from the High-Low tech group at the MIT Media Lab to try messing around with paper and copper tape to make circuits. Paper Circuits feels like tinkering to us for several reasons. First, it uses both familiar materials like paper and batteries and unfamiliar materials like copper tape and surface mount LEDs in surprising ways to get people thinking with circuits in a different context than these concepts are usually presented in school. Also, the activity integrates science, art, and technology in a way that allows each learner to decide where they want to place their own emphasis. Getting Started Facilitation Strategies Soldering Taking the Experience Further Share
Creating Makerspaces in Schools Two weekends ago, I attended EdCamp NYC at The School at Columbia, an independent school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. One of the things I love about attending edcamps is that the day is always unpredictable because you don't know what will be discussed or who will be leading conversations until that morning. What ensued was an inspiring day focused on tinkering, exploration and innovation. A Day of Play and Exploration The day began with a discussion led by Don Buckley, The School's Director of Technology and Innovation, focused on design thinking in schools. Following this, my colleagues and I ran a session entitled "Programming with Food," during which the four of us set up our new MakeyMakeys along with Play-Doh and various types of food ranging from tomatoes and grapes to potatoes and orange peels, to show how students can manipulate existing programs and websites using the MakeyMakey board and conductive materials -- or build their own to manipulate in Scratch. Why Makerspaces?
Untangling Threads: September 25, 2013 If you enjoy textiles, chances are you enjoy all aspects of textiles and want to untangle how to do everything. Well, me too! In a previous post, I mentioned taking a tapestry weaving class long ago. We made our looms and created a "sampler," learning a technique a week. When I decided to start weaving again, I told myself I had to make my own loom to see if I truly enjoyed doing this before investing in a real loom. Looms can be very simple: Or very complex: To make a simple loom somewhere in between these two here's what you need: Four artist's canvas stretcher bars, two small c-clamps, one dowel, one slat, a box of nails and a hammer. On the top and bottom stretcher bars, draw two rows and hammer nails in each row 1/2" apart, staggering them between the rows. Connect the stretcher bars (add some glue in the joint) and wrap your warp thread from top to bottom around each nail. Towards the top of the loom, place the slat over and under every other warp thread. Finished piece:
Gear Motor 2 - 224:1 Offset Shaft :: Solarbotics Hey - are you making a certain Most Useless Machine? We also have the wheel, motor mount, battery holder, and SPDT switch you'll need to build your project. Solarbotics is the sole commercial outlet for these impressive 224:1 gearmotors. They are very comparable to a hobby servo for power, at a fraction of the cost! This motor offers 48.6 in*oz of torque at 3V, rotating 360 degrees every 1.5 seconds (24 rpm - just a hair slower than a servo), drawing 400mA at stall (free running at 40mA). With a 7mm double-flat output shaft (avoid using the "D" output - it's not meant to take rotational load), and a built-in clutch (limiting at 60 in*oz, but easily "locked"), and built-in mounting screw holes, you can see why we like these motors! These units have an overall size of 55mm (2.17") x 48mm (1.89") x 22.7mm (0.894") thick, while only weighing 31.4 grams or 1.11 ounces. Check out this quick tutorial for how to modify the GM2 from a torquey slow 224:1 ratio to a speedy 14:1 ratio.