I've been spending a lot of time tinkering with simple circuitry lately to find new ways to light up craft projects and engage girls in engineering concepts. A week ago, I came across Jie Qi's circuit painting, Pu Gong Yin Tu (which is Chinese for Dandelion painting) and completely fell in love with her work. So needless to say, when the box of Chibi Lights arrived last night, I was super excited.
For a packaging junky like me, opening the box was an experience in itself. From the outer sleeve to the inner box, the team really took time to make the whole experience friendly and fun.
Inside the outer sleeve was a cardboard box that housed a sketchbook and pack of toolkit. The cardboard box itself had cute illustrations and instruction for how you can hack the box using the supplies provided. Each kit comes with a roll of copper tape, LED stickers, coin battery, conductive plastic sheet (inside the sketchbook flap) and binder clips.
The sketchbook was smaller than I'd imagined but it was packed with great stuff. The instructions and visuals were easy to understand and provided opportunities to explore your own paper circuit ideas. So far, this has been the best resource to understand the basics of circuitry and different concepts and possibilities within the topic, written in plain English that anyone can understand.
By the time I finished going through the book, it was time to hit the sacks before kiddos wake up in 4 hours. But before that happened, my eye caught the plain black binder clips and triggered a craft itch. (I'm sure every crafter gets this). So I reached for my washi and fabric tapes and gave them new color and life.
Stay tuned to see what these little light stickers can do!
Disclosure: I love these lights so much that I'm now a reseller of the product to support Jie Qi's efforts. She is currently studying at MIT Labs and hope to see her work influence more girls to be engineers to open new possibilities!
Self-taught illustrator, entrepreneur and maker, making ways to turn interest into passion and career.