Light box magic

Making is a cumulative process, both in the skills you learn and in the kind of classes you teach. Having only started offering independent classes in January this year, the rafiakids program is now gathering speed with each event attended leading to a new class or workshop. 

Local maker show-and-tell Marinovators was a big event for us, with lightboxes made with kits from lectrify it drawing a good crowd and proving especially popular with girls who love the design and decorative element as much as the circuitry. 

So it was wonderful to offer a refined version of the same activity to The Cove School in Corte Madera this week. The school had organised a whole morning of tinkering for the children to try their hand at everything from woodworking to paper plane folding. An awe-inspiring way to get kids excited about making - and a wonderful morning for the rafiakids team of Claire and Ali.

 

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Always lots of chat around a maker table

Always lots of chat around a maker table

This design by one girl with the battery holder on display at the back started a few copycat ideas

This design by one girl with the battery holder on display at the back started a few copycat ideas

Claire working her way round the table to make sure everyone got a working coin cell battery - we had a few duds! 

Claire working her way round the table to make sure everyone got a working coin cell battery - we had a few duds! 

This boy pulled in extra leds from the far end of the table for his box - complete with a ninja turtle sticker allocated to the led badges make. Nice! 

This boy pulled in extra leds from the far end of the table for his box - complete with a ninja turtle sticker allocated to the led badges make. Nice! 

One white box can take you many different ways! This girl engineered her on/off switch to go on the top 

One white box can take you many different ways! This girl engineered her on/off switch to go on the top