MAKER CAMP PROJECT: Wind-Triggered Lantern
Happy Wednesday, #makercamp
! We’ve got a couple cool projects today, and an amazing Hangout later.
The first project is a breeze, and it’s a great little electronics lesson. Plus, it’ll look cool on your porch! We call it a Wind-Triggered Lantern, and it has an LED that lights up on windy days.
The lantern isn’t much more than an LED, a small battery, a feather, and a spring. When the feather moves in the wind, it pulls on the spring, which touches the foot of the LED and closes the circuit — which equals light! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Soldering iron, and solder, or tape (1)
- Battery holder, (optional) (1) but recommended
- Wire, strong (1)
- Knife, carpet (1)
- Thread (1)
- Feather (1)
- Something springy made of metal (1)
- Battery, 3V button (1)
- LED (1)
- Jar, glass, with lid (1) for weather protection
Alright, follow the photo instructions below and let’s get to work!
And for you expert makers, try this project: A headband that lights up to the rhythm of your heartbeat! http://goo.gl/Jaiku
Don’t forget to tune in today at 11AM Pacific for a Hangout with one of the coolest makers on the planet: +Mary Lou Jepsen
from Google X Lab. Mary Lou will be showing us how to make DIY holograms with silver halide and a darkroom, and talking about some of the cool projects she works on.
Until then, good luck with those lanterns!