Today in Break it! Make it! we made ‘sew it bright’ bracelets. First, we drew a picture of a design and then we cut it out in felt. Then we glued the design onto a felt bracelet. After this, we sewed conductive thread from the lily pad to an LED light on our design. Because we worked in pairs, one of us sewed the positive to positive and one of us sewed the negative to negative. We then put a battery in the lily pad holder and it lit up! We liked this project because we like to sew and we like to make things light up. Next time we would like to try making our clothes light up!
Over the past two weeks, the team have made loads of progress on the modular synthesizer project. They have nearly soldered every piece that needed to be soldered and they have been populating the circuit boards so that everything will be ready for assembly and as of right now, there are only a few more pieces that need to be completed before the assembly can start. Ryan has been working on connecting both halves of the sequencer with smaller wires so that they are able to get power. It’s all coming together quite nicely and I cannot wait to see how it works when it is finished. Some minor kinks are to be expected with a complex project like this one, but so far they haven’t run across anything too troubling.
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.
The Robot is made, and it’s course is set. Members of the Computer Clubhouse are preparing to program the finished Robot so that it can take on a variety of challenges. It will have to score goals, pick up objects, and carry out other tasks. It’s obstacle course has been built, and the members are getting ready for the First Lego League competition in Galway. There will be judges who will be awarding points and penalties based on how many tasks their Robot is and isn’t able to complete.
After a week off for the “Get Your Spook On” Halloween party, the Advanced Makers are back at it again. This week they are continuing their work on the modular synthesizer by making the sequencer for the board. They use solder to attach LEDs to the decade counter, the device that counts one to eight and keeps the pace for the sequencer. Along with the sound, The LEDs flash each time the sound is emitted from the specific node. Once the sequencer is finished, everything will be connected with guitar leads and will be ready to go on the board. Things are coming together nicely and everyone is looking forward to playing with the synthesizer when it is finished. Below are some pictures of the young people working on the decade counter as well as the counter itself. Enjoy!