Hello from week three!
You'll have to excuse the tardiness a little bit. We do an open house event called Hacker Friday on the first Friday of every month, so that took a bit. We also try to do a science-y door game, and this month was the rerun of Dry Ice Jenga.
As promised, I actually took and have some pictures this time. We're also making huge progress in locking down our materials to use, some initial components that are going to go in our set, and some other goodness. So let's begin at the beginning.
As you may remember, we're doing a large-scale spring electronics kit. Our components are going to be real components, but mounted to larger backing pieces with the IEEE symbols for each discrete on it. Magnets attached to each trace point on each discrete will make circuit design easy and possible anywhere that has a ferrous surface on it.
This is our first design - it was easy to mount point to point, quick to work with, but not quite as catchy.
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Our second design - now we're on to something! You can easily make out the resistor from the back of the room, and the differenciation of colors could even communicate what the value of the resistor is.
Onto materials. We're exploring whether to keep with the hookups at each end of the discrete or move onto conductive fabric from lessemf.com. Fun website, but reasonable prices.
More as events develop this week - we should have the final decision on materials this week, and the total amount of what we're going to pack in the box.
Having a lot of fun with this - thanks element14 and Mitch!