Tinkering

“projects, passion, peers, and play. In short, we believe the best way to cultivate creativity is to support people working on projects based on their passions, in collaboration with peers and in a playful spirit.” - Mitchel Resnick

My free time is filled with different types of tinkering and making activities- both for fun and to prepare for teaching. Here are some of the projects and experiments I've done:

Cardboard

Cardboard is by far my favorite material to construct with- it's readily available, cheap, and easily moldable. So most of what you see here contains cardboard. Some have been upgraded to include technology in different ways.

Backgammon/Checkers Board: I think I spent about 25-30 hours of work on this one. Growing up in Israel, I spent many hours and days playing this game. Living in Ethiopia, I felt like my life is incomplete without my own board!

Makey Makey

Marble Maze: A cardboard construction connected to the Makey Makey. When the conductive marble hits particular contact points, the player earns or loses points.

Musical Instruments: Playing around with cardboard, here are a couple of musical instruments connected to the Makey Makey, and programmed using Scratch to play particular notes and sounds when contact points are pressed. Still looking to collaborate with other willing to create a Cardboard Makey Makey band!

Laser Cutting

A goodbye gift to my intern, I drew this Baobab tree using Adobe Sketch (an iPad app) and then I laser cut & burn it on wood. The perfect departure gift!

Low-Poly Vector Drawing

Much more time consuming than I first thought, using Google Drawing to manually convert a regular image into a low-poly can be pretty cool!

Electronics and Circuitry

My father's primary job an electrician. Growing up, I did not have much interest in his work. Becoming a design teacher, I regret every moment I spent away from him. So now I'm on my own creation-with-electricity journey. Still at its infancy, I plan to combine lots of materials, circuits, and programming into my projects.


Interactive Art:

Added some LEDs and a switch to this collage. Next step- add a motion sensor. When it senses movement, the lights go on and a voice calls the viewer to come closer. Some day soon this will be completed...


Light-Up Bookmark:

Playing around with simple circuits to figure out what would be in my students' zone of proximal development.

Other Fun Stuff...

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