Design, Make, Play, Learn

Jan 21

In honor of the Patriots playing in the AFC championship game (and hopefully onto the Super Bowl) I made this Patriots Cinch Pack with LED lights using the Lilypad Arduino Simple Board.  I did this project as another example for the Apprenticeship I’ll be teaching with Citizen Schools for Middle School students in Boston.  I wanted to have several examples of the kind of projects they could do.  This turned out to be harder than expected, though, since it was hard sewing inside the pack…I had to keep turning it inside and out.  Based on this experience, I’ve decided packs are not good projects for yound children - its better to use a sheet of fabric (or banner) rather than something enclosed like this.  But it came out pretty nice, I think.  I programmed 4 patterns each looping three times:  Single LED chasing around.  All on, then randome, then 2 LEDs chasing each other.
Go Pats!!!!

In honor of the Patriots playing in the AFC championship game (and hopefully onto the Super Bowl) I made this Patriots Cinch Pack with LED lights using the Lilypad Arduino Simple Board.  I did this project as another example for the Apprenticeship I’ll be teaching with Citizen Schools for Middle School students in Boston.  I wanted to have several examples of the kind of projects they could do.  This turned out to be harder than expected, though, since it was hard sewing inside the pack…I had to keep turning it inside and out.  Based on this experience, I’ve decided packs are not good projects for yound children - its better to use a sheet of fabric (or banner) rather than something enclosed like this.  But it came out pretty nice, I think.  I programmed 4 patterns each looping three times:  Single LED chasing around.  All on, then randome, then 2 LEDs chasing each other.

Go Pats!!!!

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This was my 15 year old daughters first Lilypad Arduino project.  I thought they might be interested in doing projects that involved fabric and sewing.  She chose this Bruins banner I picked up at Dick’s Sporting goods.  This project (and the other Lilypad projects that I’ve done so far) are inspired by Becky Stern’s Blinky Bike Patch from Make:Projects: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Arduino-Blinking-Bike-Patch/79/1
I simplified it a little for my daughter, and we used the AAA power supply and did not add the velcro switch.

This was my 15 year old daughters first Lilypad Arduino project.  I thought they might be interested in doing projects that involved fabric and sewing.  She chose this Bruins banner I picked up at Dick’s Sporting goods.  This project (and the other Lilypad projects that I’ve done so far) are inspired by Becky Stern’s Blinky Bike Patch from Make:Projects: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Arduino-Blinking-Bike-Patch/79/1

I simplified it a little for my daughter, and we used the AAA power supply and did not add the velcro switch.

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My son also gets into the Making spirit from time to time.  I won’t show all the potatoe and air cannons he’s built over the years, but here is one of his recent projects - a simple bottle opener made with a piece of bicycle chain and piece of a chainring.  It works very well.  I’m not going to ask him why he needs a bottle opener up a college…but I can guess (:

My son also gets into the Making spirit from time to time.  I won’t show all the potatoe and air cannons he’s built over the years, but here is one of his recent projects - a simple bottle opener made with a piece of bicycle chain and piece of a chainring.  It works very well.  I’m not going to ask him why he needs a bottle opener up a college…but I can guess (:

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This was the first project my 14 year old daughter did (she’s now 15).  It is a light seeking mouse, also from Maker Shed.  It has a light sensor up front and it will chase a flashlight beam, and also has sensors so if it bumps into something, it will reverse direction.  She did all the soldering on it and I just offered advice if she got into trouble.

This was the first project my 14 year old daughter did (she’s now 15).  It is a light seeking mouse, also from Maker Shed.  It has a light sensor up front and it will chase a flashlight beam, and also has sensors so if it bumps into something, it will reverse direction.  She did all the soldering on it and I just offered advice if she got into trouble.

This was one of our first starter projects.  My 12 year old daughter did this LCD watch, which we got at Maker Shed.  It was her first experience soldering, and I ended up helping her on some of the solders, but probably should have been a little more hands-off - I’ve learned my lesson now.  She was very proud of it and brought it to school to show off.  Unfortunately the teachers decide it was “distracting” so she was told not to wear it to school again…):

This was one of our first starter projects.  My 12 year old daughter did this LCD watch, which we got at Maker Shed.  It was her first experience soldering, and I ended up helping her on some of the solders, but probably should have been a little more hands-off - I’ve learned my lesson now.  She was very proud of it and brought it to school to show off.  Unfortunately the teachers decide it was “distracting” so she was told not to wear it to school again…):