As part of Maker Camp last week, we ran a workshop building an electronic steady hand game.We thought it might be fun this time to try building the circuit using wood, hammer and nails instead of using breadboards or printed circuit boards. We designed a circuit template which could be placed on top of the wooden block to help the young people build their circuit.
We began the workshop by exploring the circuit diagram, identifying the circuit components and investigating its operation. Even though we were building a steady hand game, the young people identified other games you could make with the circuit such as the classic operation game.
Next each young person was given a block of soft wood, a hammer, nails and circuit template. It didn’t take long to hammer in the nails to make the connection points. They then wired up the circuit using the template as a guide. When they were all satisfied with their work, we moved onto the soldering.
The soldering of the wiring and the components took a little longer to complete, and after a little bit of fault finding we finally got there. Now we reached the point where they designed the wire track that the loop would travel along. We got some very interesting and crazy designs!!
Of course, when you design and build a game, you have to play it!!