Last Thursday evening, the Make It! Break It! group researched what E-Textiles are about and explored different examples on the internet. They were then introduced to some sewable electronic components; the Lilytiny microcontroller and LEDs. They built some simple circuits using crocodile leads.
When they were finished experimenting with their circuits, they were introduced to some basic sewing techniques. This will prepare them for next week when they will use conductive thread to create some interesting pieces of E-Fabric designs.
Kiara has begun designing and prototyping her Steady Hand Game. She brainstormed different ideas for making the game very challenging:
- Could I make it a 2 player game?
- Add a counter to count the number of times the circuit is activated
- Add a timer to time how long it takes to complete the challenge
- Make it 3 dimensional!
Kiara is keeping all her ideas and designs in her Inventor’s notebook.
She learnt about basic circuit design and built a simple prototype of the Steady hand game without the Arduino using crocodile clips, a resistor, LED and battery. Next Week Kiara will program the Arduino and breadboard the first stage of the circuit.
On October 16th, 2014, An Post issued four stamps celebrating the most recognisable game icons in modern international culture: Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man and Space Invaders. Check them out gamers!!
The Break it! Make it! Gang had their first Making workshop “Painting with Light“ last Thursday evening. They had great fun building light wands with LEDs. They then created strange and wonderful images using their light wands and a DSLR camera.
If you’re interested in trying this for yourself visit exploratorium, its great addictive fun!
One of our fantastic mentors, Nyasha Mhandu, brought a bit of Thailand to the Clubhouse after she came back from an incredible visit there. The members greatly enjoyed the workshop and learned loads about a new culture. Check out the details on Nyasha’s blog here.