Blog Posts by Deanna


Creating the app for SOUND SAFARI at Tinkering Studio

This is a guest post written by Tinkerer in Residence, Keina Konno. Keina is a Video & Device Engineer in the InterLab at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Yamaguchi, Japan. Keina participated in a year-long residency at the Exploratorium, where she spent half her time with the New Media group in Exhibits and Media Services and half her time in the Tinkering Studio. During her time with us, Keina conceived and developed a computer app to record and play back sounds for a prototype activity, "Sound Safari."


Coding and storytelling with video sensing

Video sensing is a type of augmented reality that allows a software to "see" objects in front of the camera and respond to them on-screen with animations, sounds, or any code one can imagine. We use a video feed instead of using a MakeyMakey or other keyboard input devices. Interacting with a computer in such a playful and creative way seemed like a rich tool for computational tinkering activities.


Paper Circuit Cards Video

After running the paper circuit cards workshop for donors last December, I've been interested in exploring other types of LEDs. Here is a video compilation of a variety of types of LEDs including a range of sizes, colors, and styles. Enjoy!


Light Up Holiday Cards

During a member and donor night at the Exploratorium, we hosted an electronic greeting cards activity where we invited participants to make their own light up holiday cards. The activity featured paper circuit making with LEDs to embellish handmade cards.



Making Digital Sounds for Physical Objects

Last Thursday we hosted our last BAME (Bay Area Maker Educators) meet-up of 2017. Our theme for the night was Making Digital Sounds for Physical Objects and we explored the intersection of microcontrollers, software, and different types of interactive sound making materials. This event was timely for our team because we are currently exploring concepts and ideas around computational thinking and sound.


Cardboard Arcade 2017

Back in 2012, Caine Monroy of Caine's Arcade visited the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts. In July, 14-year-old Caine returned to our new home and built cardboard arcade games with us during our Infinite Versatility of Cardboard event. For the day, we invited visitors to build cardboard games alongside Caine. The arcade was adjacent to the Tinkering Studio, spilling out onto the museum floor in the center of the day's activity.


Lighthouse Mini Maker Faire

In April, the Tinkering Club after school program participated in the Lighthouse's Mini Maker Faire. Students in our program were the main facilitators of the activity, supporting the students at Lighthouse in making various forms of tin art (if you missed our blog post on tin art, check it out here ).


Tin Art at Lighthouse

Our second light-themed project at Lighthouse Community Charter School was to create illuminated, perforated and scored pieces of tin art. Hojalata, tin artwork, is the Mexican folk art practice of manipulating soft tin sheets by bending, perforating, and painting. Tin art supports tinkering practices that students have been developing over the past two semesters, such as soldering, iterating on initial designs, and using task-specific tools.