Petchey Academy - Power to the People Project #5: Creating Thermochromic Ink Interactive Art

 

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This was a collaborative project between four organization. Petchey Academy, Space Studios, Arts Catalyst and Codasign in London, UK

The project was developed as part of The Power of the People initiative by Space Studios. Codasign was brought in to provide the technology support over six weeks with the students. The students were enrolled in the school's product design class. We introduced Arduino and thermochromic ink to the students. We also designed and produced the printed circuit boards (PCB) with the students.

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The students conceived of creating a modular image where they each took ownership of a square. When all the squares were assembled a single image was formed. One of the students drew a skyline of London. Each student was assigned a square to draw their interoperation of their section. All the images were outline with black ink. The color was applied with the thermochromatic ink. The students also conceived and designed their own button for the their square of the image.

The student programmed Arduino with a RGB LED. The programed the color for their LED when the button was pressed.

The final project was a gridded image. Each square of the image of connected to a button. When the button was pressed a LED lit up on the button and the color thermochromatic ink was heated up and became transparent. The result is the only the black outline are left.

The final project was unveiled at The Power of People #5 exhibition at the The White Building on April 2, 2014.

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Arduino workshop with Lycée Eugène Livet

 

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The students of the Lycée Eugene Livet School, Nantes, France came for the second time to Space Studios as part of their annual London trip. Codasign designed a workshop for the students that combined Processing and Arduino. The school has a technology program that includes teaching Processing and Arduino. The students were a mix of experienced and newbies to both programs. There were two aims to the workshop: 1) teach how Processing and Ardunio can be used to together and 2) help the students understanding of the English centric coding language of both programs. There were two classes and the workshop was run over two days. One day for each class.

Codasign created an Etch-a-Sketch Project for the students to create. The project creating a drawing program in Processing and Ardunio to create the Physical Knobs to control the drawing on the screen. For more advanced students, who finished the project early, we introduced servos and piezos.

 

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