Blog Posts by lianna

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May/18

Weaving Roundup

Since my last post about weaving way back in December, we've been continuing to try different approaches to tinkering with textiles. It's been an interesting journey, with lots of discoveries (and challenges!) along the way. Here's an overview of some of the big ideas we've experimented with.

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Jan/18

A Visit from Artist-In-Residence Noga Elhassid

Earlier this month we were lucky to have a brief but inspirational visit from our friend and fellow tinkerer Noga Elhassid. Similar to past residencies with her, we used the three days we had to explore making simple mechanisms out of everyday materials.

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Dec/17

Weaving 1.0

Although most of our recent explorations have been about sounds and mechanisms, a couple weeks ago I decided to take a detour into trying my hand at weaving. Weaving and looms are an ancient technology, and one thing that I find fascinating about them is how they are inherently computational. We have some Cricket looms I pulled out of storage to experiment with.

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Aug/17

Cross Pollination of Ideas at Marble Machines

We pay careful attention to the examples and starting points we set up for activities in the Tinkering Studio. Marble machines is one of our favorite tinkering activities. In workshops we use a more extensive set of materials and the activity is facilitated. On the museum floor, however, the activity is usually unfacilitated and has a more limited palette. We often set up a simple example in the morning to give an idea of possibilities.

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Jul/17

Large Scale Stop Motion Animation with Cardboard

We revisited large scale stop motion animation yesterday as part of our Infinite Versatility of Cardboard celebration. We used a plain cardboard backdrop and simple painted cardboard props to tell short stories. Here's a small sampling of some of the animations made during the event!

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Jun/17

Pinhole Cameras with Modesto Tamez

For the past two weeks we've had a special guest visiting us at Tinkering Club - artist and senior scientist at the Exploratorium Modesto Tamez! To continue our exploration of light and shadow, we worked with him to create Pinhole Cameras. We thought this would be a fun connection to previous weeks' ideas, but with a new twist. For example, when we made light paintings we were creating long exposure digital images.

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Apr/17

Making Stained Glass Window Hangings with Tinkering ASP

To continue our explorations of light, shadow, and color at Lighthouse's Tinkering Club Afterschool Program, the next activity we dove into was making stained glass art. There are a few big reasons we chose to make this our next activity. First, it builds on students' interests and prior skills. In past activities, soldering has always been one of the most popular elements to participate in, but all of our previous soldering has been related to circuitry. Making a stained glass window uses those same tools and materials, but in a different way and for a new purpose.

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Mar/17

Light Painting at Lighthouse

This semester at Lighthouse Afterschool Program we're exploring light, shadow, and color related activities. After making our journals, the next activity we dove into was Light Painting. We spent two weeks on this activity, with the first week spent exploring the materials and techniques, and the second week refining those processes to make images that convey a message we want to share with our community.

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Jul/16

Creating Programming Curriculum

For the past two weeks we've been lucky to have two teachers from Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland in residence with us. Over the next week we'll be sharing posts on their reflections, experiments, and ideas they want to take back to school with them.

From Sarah:

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Jul/16

Toy Take Apart and Programming Paper Circuits with Arduino Uno & Scratch

For the past two weeks we've been lucky to have two teachers from Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland in residence with us. Over the next week we'll be sharing posts on their reflections, experiments, and ideas they want to take back to school with them.

From Sarah:

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