Project Overview - Lunchboxes
For this project, we worked in teams of around 3-4 people to create our own insulated lunch boxes. Our goal was to make a lunchbox that would keep hot foods hot (like soup), and cold foods cold (like fruit). As an introductory lesson, we worked with insulating materials, Peltier tiles, and fans. Peltier tiles are tiles that are hot on one side, and cold on the other side. Common uses for Peltier tiles include generating electricity, such as for a handheld flashlight or other electric device. During the design process, some teams wanted to use the Peltier's double-sided temperature feature as a kind of hot/cold barrier. Other teams included a computer fan into a lunchbox to keep colder foods cool. Overall, the lunchboxes turned out to be pretty hefty, but they worked!
Pictures - Lunchboxes
Project Overview - Electronic Textiles
In this unit, we worked with copper tape, thread, needles, felt, and small LED lights to produce unique electronic textiles. Some people chose to create wearable items, such as watch-band accessories, while others made small decorative banners. However, we currently do not have any photos to display these projects (we lost them), we will post them as soon as we can (find them)!