I had the opportunity to host another Maker session at the Seattle Children's Hospital playroom on Tuesday as part of our Make a Difference effort. The theme this time was on interactive circuit doodles, powered by Chibitronics and MakeyMakey. You might've seen this video earlier showing the possibility when you combine the two together (turn sound on to play).
For set up, I printed a simple circuit design on cardstock paper to encourage kids to make a light up card for someone special. MakeyMakey was hooked up to my Macbook Air with Scratch running in the browser. Once the cards were made and colored in with graphite pencil, kids can clip them on and play. For fun, I added a piece of foil, yellow bell pepper and granny smith apple as additional inputs to demonstrate other forms of conductive material that kids or adults might not know about.
It ended up being a quiet morning as I've been warned that children might sleep in due to frequent check ins throughout the night. There were also less visitors and siblings visiting during the week. Despite the low turnout, I truly enjoyed delighting the staff and participants with a new experience, something they've never seen before. On a personal level, these visits are valuable opportunities as being there helps to ground me and feel appreciative for what I have.
Many thanks to the hospital staff for the opportunity and team at Chibitronics for providing free sticker lights in support of this effort. I hope to continue my visits every month and help bring the Maker spirit to the kids at the Seattle Children's!
A life observer and maker passionate about inspiring you to live out your creative self.