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.
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. 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:
Circuit Stickers - Electronics Meets Papercraft Available globally Product Learn more about using ErliBird for your beta testing projects. Circuit stickers are peel-and-stick electronics for crafting circuits. Building circuits with them is fun and easy -- just stick them onto a surface like you would with a normal sticker, and build up a circuit by sticking several stickers together and adding a battery. You can buy Circuit Stickers here (Starter kit $29): loading feedback All Beta Testers Similar Products Be sure to come back and provide feedback for any tasks/questions defined on the page below. Continue to access the private beta for Circuit Stickers. Circuit Stickers will receive your email and be in touch soon to coordinate your invite/introduction. You're on the list!
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.