This is one of the coolest and most creative Arckit modifications that we’ve come across. Dr Tracy Gardner and Elbrie de Kock, directors of the technology and education website TechAge Kids, had the bright idea to add electronics and light up their Arckit models. The results are spectacular and they are now sharing a step-by-step guide to show you how to do the same!
This is a self-initiated and independent project by TechAge Kids. We would like to say thank you to them for sharing this with us.
Arckit and Circuit Playground
The first educational STEAM project by TechAge Kids was to add light and sound effects with touch-sensitive buttons and floor panels. They used a Circuit Playground Electronics board and some basic equipment to add colourful lighting and transform a standard Arckit model into a disco house!
They even fitted a ‘security alarm’ with a flashing red light. We love the creative use of electronics and the ability to change the lighting effects with the touch of a finger. This is such a great project for schools and for parents looking to introduce their kids to STEM/STEAM learning.
Dr Tracy Gardner, Director of TechAge Kids, says: “Arckit plus Circuit Playground is a brilliant combination for STEAM projects and will appeal to those who are interested in what tech can add to a creative project rather than just being into tech for its own sake.”
Arckit and LED Sequin Deck Lights
Their second project takes this one step further. TechAge Kids documented and reviewed their experiments to create even more realistic lighting that blends in with the 1:48 scale of Arckit. Using small Adafruit LED sequins and a 3V coin cell battery, they were able to add amazing lighting details.
We were seriously impressed with their inventive use of affordable components and how they modified these to overcome design challenges and solve problems. This task is the perfect example of STEAM skills in action and how Arckit is compatible with…well, pretty much anything! They have even experimented with 3D printing furniture into their Arckit models.
In summary, Dr Tracy Gardner says: “We’re finding that Arckit is a great base for beginner electronics and STEAM projects. It adds lots of interest as well as design constraints which is great practice for real-world projects.”
This is only the beginning of Arckit connecting and integrating with technology. We look forward to seeing our Arckitechie community growing in the future and we can’t wait to see what TechAge kids are working on next.
Have fun making your model shine!