Spark a Culture of Innovation summer library STEAM education programs
electric creature creations
Creating creatures from repurposed plastic packaging & circuits, light them up with solar cells and LEDs, putting our new knowledge of electrical power to work. The glowing creatures then become characters in mythic stories of our own invention with journeys, conflicts and resolutions.
Adding the A to STEM education to make STEAM in collaboration with Vermont Makers.
Some materials that can be used to create with: milk jugs, soda bottles. bottle caps, trays from crackers etc., yogurt containers, soap and detergent bottles, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, plastic bags, styrofoam packaging such as ‘to go’ clam shells, or larger packaging, old broken small plastic toys, anything else plastic! toothbrushes, CDs, DVDs, k cups, the rings frombottle caps…
A sample creature creation made from two tofu containers, wire, solar cells, RGB LEDs, and resistors. On the right, three small pictures of the circuit for the ‘tongue’. The LEDs will change colors.
Photos of participants creating at Champlain Mini Maker Faire, 2013