From the range of soft fabrication techniques I learned in this 3 day micro course, I was really intrigued by creating circuits in fabric because of the needed interaction to close and break the circuit as well as needle felting because the main technique seemed so fun: stabbing the felt until it looked about right. Thus I wanted to create a project that combined these two techniques. I looked to some of my current inspirations and ended up making the character Ida from the game Monument Valley.
Learning how to embed a basic circuit in fabric as well as how to needle felt.
Refining our Part 2 prototype of a magnet maze game in order to create a safe, fun, and educational game for children that teaches a science concept: magnetism.
Learned basic stitching techniques and machine sewing
During class I was tasked with teaching two peers how to make a cube using cardboard.
Lasercutting acrylic and plywood
The goals of this project are to break down the conceptual design of a chosen idea for a toy, create sketches of the assembly/manufacturing of this toy, to produce CAD drawings of the toy and ultimately manufacturing a functional prototype of the toy.
3 Toy concepts and design sketches teaching science topics to children
In a group of three (an engineer, a designer, and a writer), we investigated how a toy stove pot worked without taking it apart. We first noticed how the vegetables moved up and down in an alternating pattern. This helped us lead to the hypothesis that there were three layers (one for each colored vegetable and the flat "soup" layer), and a gear was pushing the layers up in an alternating pattern to make it work.