I've been struggling with this fabric order for DAYS because there are just too many cute fabrics and not enough monies in my bank account.... But this morning I finally decided to cut a print because I didn't LOVE it, and impulse-add a second print from my "buy later" list. Then the subtotal magically came to $222, and all of the fabrics looked perfect in the cart together. So I hit "checkout" immediately. Not sure what's so amazing about those 3 2's all next to each other, but it worked.....
In the craziness of the week, I totally forgot how excited I am for my 7 hour laser appointment, where I'm writing two new STEAM courses for TechShop!!! I was given permission by the Education Department to use the laser for an extended appointment so that I can build and document two projects for the STEAM summer camp. I love building light boxes so it was great to see that was a topic requested by the summer camp. The other project is a scale model. Both of these projects teach design skills and laser cutting. So I'll be at TechShop working on my favorite things :) Find me at Universal #3, or at a workbench glueing my lightbox together. It's going to be a fun day of making!
TechShop hired me to write a curriculum for their summer camp and because I'm infatuated with light boxes, I was thrilled to see that was one of the topics they were requesting. NYC is my home town and even though I love living in California, I do miss the bright lights of the greatest city on earth. Also, a skyline is an easily customizable pattern for students to replicate. After showing this box to my summer camp, one of the students wasted no time in creating a similar box for San Francisco. The box contains 6 programmable LED's and an Arduino running a basic LED program.
Some cool things I'm making for my camp on the lasers today. (They'll become painted plaques and an led sign) We'll stick to small things at the meetup, but I can show you how to to make cool elements for more intricate projects like this too :)
Ever since I started teaching the Arduino Programmable LED class at TechShop, I've been thinking of ways to use LED strips. I saw a clear acrylic sign project on Epilog's project website, and thought putting LED's under a clear sign would be a great first project. Of course, it was a Hangry Bishop logo that I selected. I used the FastLED library and the Flame program.