During our paper circuits activity at the Tinkering Studio, I helped this young visitor develop her idea: a dragon that spits fire through a “lantern effect.”
She wanted to diffuse the light emitted by an LED for a more realistic effect, so we experimented with different types of paper. At last, tissue paper around the LED was perfect for this lantern effect.
Once we got the paper circuit basics down, like using copper tape to close the circuit and getting the correct LED polarity, she and I designed the body of the dragon with tongue depressors and paper. We even designed the fire started by this dragon!
She had some extra time since her mother was still working on an anglerfish. So I decided to ask her for some documentation.
“ I really liked your project” I said, “and I was hoping you could leave some inspiration for others who want to make something similar.” I asked if she would be interested in drawing her project for others to see. She smiled, stood tall and got to work.
At last her drawing and details below clearly explained her key focus on this project, which was her “lantern effect.” She even went as far to explain the type of material required to achieve this effect.
I was glad to see her pride on her project reflected on this drawing. She was happy to share her process with others!
This visitor brought a new approach to tinkering with paper circuits and incorporated storytelling. It’s always nice to see a new idea and share it for others to see. That dragon and its lantern effect was a success!