We’re branching out our activity remixes for PLIX Rural & Tribal Library Toolkit Development: Phase 2 Explorations. This thread is a sandbox for @Bbolton, @Genea, @katywarren, and @Jhayden to share, explore, and remix Paper Circuits for their library patrons and community.
Feel free to say hi and respond to their explorations!
Made some Valentine’s Pop Up Cards.
@Jhayden This is AWESOME. I’ve struggled making pop-ups +paper circuits in the past, but you’ve given me hope that it’s definitely possible If you make more of these moving forward in your tinkering process, I would love to see how you set up the circuitry! Thanks so much for sharing; such a great remix.
I just have gotten a chance to start tinkering with our stuff… It’s been quite a busy few weeks here!
I was wondering… What is the shiny aluminum foil tape for?
@Bbolton The aluminum foil tape is an alternative to the copper tape. Sometimes people want wider strips of tape (or even other shapes), plus it’s a less pricey option if people want to get their own.
Oh, I see. Thank you so much, Ada!
My first project was Iron Man (nerd alert!). I ended up making the corner battery fold a little too deep, so I had to use a bigger binder clip. Otherwise, for my first time playing, it was super fun!! The copper tape was a bit sticky (ha) to work with at first, but I quickly got used to it.
@Bbolton You did it! It’s so good!! Are the LEDs poking through the picture? Or just sitting under it?
@ada They are poking through! I believe the actual image is helping the glow a lot.
Agreed. This picture of iron man is so perfect for this.
Thinking of other superheroes, Vision has the mind stone that could be an LED, but he’s a far less exciting character.
That was actually my first idea!! I was initially pondering what Avenger could potentially “glow”, and Vision’s mind stone popped into my head first, and then as I was cooking dinner I was like “Wait, Iron Man!!” haha.
I thought about doing the “I am Iron Man” scene with the glowing infinity gauntlet, but I would need a purple and an orange LED, lol.
It’s so much fun!
Ooo infinity gauntlet! I’m gonna try putting nail polish on the clear LEDs to see if it works. BRB
Hahaha! Let me know how it goes!
OMG it works!
Green nail polish on clear/white LED! It’s a tiny little less bright without the nail polish but it has a fun stained glass effect IRL.
I would never have thought to put nail polish on an LED. I like it!
After trying out your activity, how will you remix?
- What did you find most enjoyable? Which elements were challenging? What are you excited to explore next?
- Which focus strategy (passive programming / take-n-make kits / locally relevant remixes / extended interaction plan) are you exploring to adapt / remix the activity? How does this connect to your community or context?
- What are some concrete next steps to take for rolling out this activity with your patrons?
These questions will help guide your project plan in the coming weeks.
I won’t lie, it has been crazy here with getting February programs going and getting our SRP dates down to ensure we have performers. That being said, I haven’t gotten quite as far as I hoped with the remix on this. Our crazy weather here in NC (snow/ice 3 weekends in a row!) has unfortunately thrown a small wrench in my original plan . However I do know that we are doing our paper circuits on a saturday and we are labeling it as “Stem Saturday” with this being a tween/teen program this time around. We are making March a STEM month here, and I had hoped to run this program the 5th, but with the weather we have had the parks and rec basketball games get rescheduled for that weekend now, which would occupy a lot of the age group I am trying to bring in (plus now I have to also be at basketball as well).
I’m really loving the pop-up cards, and think the difficulty is spot on for the age range…I just don’t know what the card should look like…
Just saw this video in the Chibitronics newsletter (founded by the same research who created the Paper Circuits activity)–it reminded me of your pop-up cards, @Jhayden! Here’s another clever switch mechanism involving a card.
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