This Valentine's Day provided another opportunity for me to grow confidence with a new maker tool (Cuttle.xyz) and to create a project prototype that could help teaches and students grow their confidence with circuits.
A few months ago I discovered Cuttle.xyz as a design tool that is accessible and affordable for students to create vector graphics that can be cut on laser cutters or electronic cutters (such as the Cricut or Silhouette Cutters). Not only does it work on Chrome books, but the company has also signed Student Data Privacy agreements with schools in Vermont and other states. This is a huge step towards and a commitment to increased equity in providing all students access to learning through creating and making. I've been searching for a vector tool that met those requirements for a long time.
The Cuttle Name SnowFlake Generator inspired me to make snowflake themed ornaments for people I love this Christmas. This month their beautiful heart shaped box template inspired me to keep playing. Since I did not have access to my laser cutter this month, I used my Cricut Maker to experiment further with Cuttle.xyz and used Valentines Day as an opportunity for create something for people I love and perhaps even fall in love with this new maker tool due to their commitment to education.
In this post, I'll share a simple project in hopes that it could help teachers and students grow confidence with
- circuits and switches
- designing and cutting out vector graphic software
I wanted to add the names of my grandchild (Julian) and his two parents (Matt and Molly).
A box of parameters will appear along the right side of your screen for you to play with experiment with.
Start by replacing the TEXT to the words you want and Changing the Font and Size of the font.
I loved that there are so many STENCIL fonts - which are mostly safe for cutting out text. And Cuttle.xyz has some very fun one - Like this CODYSTAR option - which I settled on for my first design.
If working with younger students, you could use a golf tee)
I happened to have some flickering multicolor LED's handy.
Insert the Brass Brad through the card where you'd like the switch.
I pointed the Longer LED leg towards the inside of the card so I could easily keep track of which leg was positive and which was negative.
Spread the legs of the Brass Brad open.
Cut two pieces of copper tape long enough to slide under the LED leg and reach under the BRAD Legs. Leave a little extra copper tape towards the top of the card.
Make sure the copper tape shiny side makes as much contact with the LED legs as possible by
running it under the legs and coming back down over the leg and then back up.
This is not absolutely necessary, but it's my way to add extra points of contact.
Paper Circuits sometimes lose their contact.
Secure the battery with Scotch Tape, but only cover half the battery with tape.
The other half must remained exposed so the Brad legs can make contact with the battery directly.
The Tape acts as insulation and interrupts the circuit. .
If the Brad falls off the battery simply manually put it back on.