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Jun/17

Layering shadow play elements with Scratch

Combining digital and analogue projections

We have been exploring ways to add programming and computation to our light play tinkering activity during the last couple of months. Our experiments have mainly been focused on controlling lights and motors through programming, but we always allow for plenty of time to follow different paths within a theme and explore tangential ideas.

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Dec/16

LEGO Balance: Initial Prompts and Starting Points

To continue sharing thoughts about #LEGOtinkering balance explorations, I wanted to focus on the initial starting points and prompts that we tried out for the activity.

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Aug/16

Scratchpaper Inspirations

People often ask how we design new activities. It's often tough to give a straightforward answer, because for us the development process takes place on a long time scale, involves iterating on prototypes and revisiting old ideas. We collaborate with outside artists and get inspiration from unusual materials.

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Jul/16

Ecsite 2016 Dissect, Hack and Reimagine Toys Workshop

As Sebastian and I were dreaming up the pop-up makerspace at Ecsite 2016, we talked about running a series of activities that built on each other over time but also provided low-threshold opportunities for participants to join in the workshop along the way.

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Jun/16

Making of the Ecsite 2016 Maker Space

For the past four years, I've been part a group of tinkerers working with the Ecsite organization to create a pop-up makerspace for the annual conference of museum and science center professionals.

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Jun/16

Collaborative R&D with Twitter, LEGO, and Digital Tools

Our recent experiments with LEGO tinkering have led to some quick and dirty collaboration, iteration, and research and development mostly over twitter using the hashtag #LEGOtinkering.

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Apr/16

LEGO Pen Holder Evolution

As we explore LEGO art machines, we've been trying to figure out the best way to connect markers to the technic pieces in a strong yet flexible way. While we recently learned about a set of LEGO markers that connect to the bricks, for the activity on the floor, we wanted to use standard markers. Over the past few weeks, we've been experimenting with bringing in outside materials and creating custom 3D printed parts for that purpose.

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