Welcome to the fifth Make Cycle in the 2014 Making Learning Connected Collaboration!
This week (or anytime, really), using some sort of light source, and any materials of your choosing, we want you to tell a story.
Some tools we have used in the past for this project include LEDs (we source them through Amazon), coin cell batteries, and various arts and crafts supplies. We like to use recycled, found materials as much as possible, and occasionally our prototyping lab looks like a thrift store exploded.
We like to use recycled materials not only because they’re cheap, but because there’s less at stake for a learner to risk if they ruin an old pizza box, as opposed to an expensive construction kit. Our activities are designed to be not only low-cost, but low-barrier to entry.
We introduced 70 college-bound students this summer to different kinds of zines, including the 1-page, single-sided zine.
After learning how to fold an 8 page book out of a single sheet of paper this 8 year old girl made a story about her sister as the “light” in her day.
Check out glowdoodle, designed by Eric Rosenbaum (also creator of MaKey MaKey) at the MIT Media Lab. Another similar resource is long exposure photography, which the Exploratorium covers well in this link.
You could also just design an object and tell a story in an entirely different way!
Whatever you make, we hope you’ll share it with the community by putting in your example below!