A workshop to learn about signal flow and switches by creating a circuit using a 3v battery, motor, switch, LED and a magnet. The circuit will be made using conductive thread and fabric. Participants create the circuit and use a magnet to activate the switch. Felt and goggly eyes can be used to make the circuit more fun for decoration at the end.
Sense Circuit was born from the idea that people of all ages and regardless of gender should feel like they have the ability to create circuits or try. With a market of toys and projects aimed at children and gender inclusion, the idea was to create a workshop that children and adults could participate in together regardless of experience level, identified gender or age. Cost was also a factor, the aim was to keep the cost of materials for each circuit low.
Sense Circuit is a workshop where participants create a circuit using conductive thread, 3v battery, switch, a magnet, and an LED or motor. The aim is to demystify creating a circuit and make people who might not feel comfortable making one realize they can. The workshop was offered for free at Creative Tech Week, and Maker Fair in New York in English and at The Akumal Arts Festival in Mexico in Spanish. Participants then design something to cover the circuit using felt and googly eyes to make the circuit truly their own design and creation. The main finding of this work is that people young and old who felt at first they were not able to create the circuit were able to overcome their insecurities and successfully create a working circuit. An unexpected outcome was that males older than 40 had more difficulty than female participants of a similar age group. The self-imposed limitation can be confronted and eliminated when people are able to see they have the ability to apply the knowledge they already possess to learn new skills.
Images from workshops