Chibitronics is the evolution of technology and arts working together (Chibitronics, 2014). Anything that students can already do with a paper and pen/pencil, they are now able to achieve with electronics (Buechley, L., 2012). Learning is now being extended so students can make numerous things with electronics. For example: interior light purses, neopixel ring bracelets, LED sparkle skirts, plush game controlers, etc (Terranova, A., 2014).
The basic idea is that students are building things with circuits (Graham, 2015). Students are making connections, which can extend into their classroom learning, similar to writing a report. With Chibitronics, there is a downloadable sketchbook available for free. Starter kits are available for purchase that provide the materials for simple circuts. The starter kit I found was available for $25 (Sparkfun, n.d.). There are many applications for Chibitronics in the classroom. Eichholz (2015) used Chibitronics in her school’s MakerClub for students to create light up Mother’s and Father’s Day cards. Students were able to make a heart that lit up and wrote, “You light up my life,” on the outside. Materials needed were copper tape, LED lights, and coin cell 3V batteries, all available on Amazon.com (Eichholz, T., 2015). Further use of this developing craft could be to have students use the technology when completing a shoebox scene from a book they have read (Graham, 2015).
As an avid crafter, I see much promise to utilizing Chibitronics in the classroom. Though there may be some challenges in getting started, I see it as a very promising and awesome development for classrooms. While watching the videos and looking at pictures of what others had created, I was amazed at the creations. I could see this being big in science classes, especially when it comes to the way electricity works. I can also see it extending into other curricular areas in the classroom and even classroom management. Imagine students having different colored lights to signal when they needed to use the restroom or get a drink. I can see so many students having a fun time exploring with and benefiting from Chibitronics.
Buechley, L. (2012, November 15). Leah Buechley: How to “sketch” with electronics. Retrieved July 19, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTBp0Z5GPeI
Chibitronics (2014). Our story. Retrieved July 20, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aGB0_8Y-w4
Eichholz, T. (2015, May 21). Paper circuit greeting cards [Engage their minds]. Retrieved July 20, 2015, from https://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/tag/chibitronics/
Graham, L. (2015, June 28). AFA: Using chibitronics in the English classroom. Retrieved July 19, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aGB0_8Y-w4
Sparkfun. (n.d.). Chibitronics. Retrieved July 20, 2015, from https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/275
Terranova, A. (2014, July 15). 10 fabulous and fashionable wearable projects from Becky Stern. Make: Retrieved July 19, 2015, from http://makezine.com/2014/07/15/10-fabulous-and-fashionable-wearable-projects-from-becky-stern/