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A group of young engineers, computer programers, and artists gathered in the art room during lunch recesses for a couple months to see what they could make using a Hyperduino, old computer, some cardboard, LEDs, touch pads, and creativity. The results of the collaboration is called a Fugleflick Art Bot. It is an interactive art piece that plays 5 different student-created, art-related movies when you touch a button on the computer screen in its belly with audio coming through the speaker (mouth). The lights are on a circuit made from copper wire and batteries connected to two LED lights behind 3-D glasses. The switch is built into the nose.
Below is a series of photos taken during the creation process. Since we were making discoveries, problem-solving, and working with limited resources, our design changed as we progressed. You'll see the original sketch was for an iPad in the robot belly but then we learned that the hyperduino needed to run in a browser. So, we adapted. The group also changed as we added artists after the engineers wired up the robot. They helped make the robot have a unified design with balanced colors with a brass brad motif.
We created a youtube playlist for the Fugleflick bot. You can explore the five Fugleflick movies that it is programed to play here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS4LIonCAPBfr0enREOu6HH9BQPf6JaGf
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Process: designing the robot
Crowdsourcing solutions: using twitter
It was at this point that I realized I could ruin everything if I'm not careful about my approach in painting the robot. So, I composed the following tweet and collage asking followers and anyone who sees what I should do next so the cardboard doesn't curl up.
Here are some of the responses I received; lots of great advice.
Painting the Robot: disassemble, paint, press
Complete: B-Rad Fastener the LoveBot
Create an advertisement using graphic design techniques to explain the marvels of your creation.
As I was making my robot, I kept thinking about his cool gadgets and what they can do. This is my chance to fully explain B-Rad's coolness to the whole universe.
Create an animation using iMotion app
Show off your robot's moveable parts in a stop-motion animation. Notice the spinning eyes, moving gauge, peeking door, flipping feet, and flapping arms. (Oops, I should have included the blinking light)
So, if you've been following my posts lately you would notice that I've been working on an idea to incorporate paper circuits into an art-making experience for my students.
See my post where I discovered how to make a circuit & dreamt of a light up robot.
See my post where I made my prototype for a light up robot.
Now, watch my step-by-step video where I try to explain the process here or below.
Our students finally had a chance to make light up robots. View the movies below of students lighting up their robots and clickhere to view the gallery on Artsonia here.
I've been playing with ways to make a switch or button on my paper circuit artwork appear more integrated and purposeful. The robot I originally played with had a momentary button that I designed over the battery into the belly of the robot. See it here. The button also worked as the mechanism that closed the circuit. This time I bought a button online that was spliced into the circuit and not necessarily near the battery. This meant the connection to the battery was fixed and pushing the button (with a satisfying click noise) completed the circuit. I've been playing with ideas in preparation for the fall since I finally received the Donors Choose grant for supplies to try this with my students.
Shout out to Journal Fodder Junkies and their 15 minute for 30 days sketchbook challenge #JFJ15for30. Today's challenge was for paper cut outs of windows and doors. It forced me to think differently about how to add more interaction to the paper robot with the eyes and helped me invent a way to hide the button in the belly. Thank you!!
See my previous posts on paper circuits:
and my "how to" video:
During the last school year or so I've been seeing many examples of tinkering, maker spaces, and other science infused projects showcased at conferences and online. I'm very interested in trying to find project ideas that are a good fit for my 45 minute elementary art classes, will not compromise the art-making experience, and embed science concepts. I've lots of ideas but one place I want to begin is with paper circuits. See this resource.
I hacked into an old LED flashlight, grabbed some copper wire and tried to learn about making a very simple circuit. It is very exciting to see the LED light up after making all the right connections. My next task was to think about the art that this LED could light up.
UPDATE: see my light up paper circuit robot painting! http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/light-up-robots-with-paper-circuits
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