I spent the summer of 2018 working with a team of designers, engineers, and tinkerers at Teknikio. Teknikio develops electronic boards that can be embed into craft projects and provides an educational STEM tool for children. At Teknikio I helped to develop educational packages for STEM based programs in school, camps and makerspaces. I also designed and built electronic store displays and new sample activities for the company. Here are some projects I worked on along the way.
Teknikio Store Display
I designed and built this moving store display with a Arduino nano, Teknikio LEDs, servo motors, and various craft materials. The display was designed to catch peoples attention and highlight the Teknikio product in a store that sells Teknikio retail.
Light Up Mason Jar
I designed and built this project for the Teknikio Makerspace Kit using Teknikio heart LEDs, a coin battery, conductive tape, embroidery floss and a mason jar.
I designed and built this wheel to highlight various Teknikio boards in stores and at trade shows. Keep scrolling to see how this project turned into an interactive wheel display.
Here is an amplifier that I designed and built using laser cut pieces and Teknikio electronic parts. The user can play music on their phone and place it in the center slot to amplify the sound. As the phone slides in, Teknikio lights turn on and change color.
Teknikio Ice Rink
I built this ice rink to display the Teknikio penguins at a trade show.
I designed an built these wallets using Teknikio boards, conductive thread, snaps, and fabric. When the wallet is closed, the snaps close the circuit and turn on the LED.
For kids, the best part about their parents receiving packages is that they get to play with the box with which it came. Kids love to turn boxes into play houses, cars, ovens, etc. Why not develop a kit where kids can add Teknikio circuits to bring their play boxes to life? Here is a car prototype for this idea that I had at Teknikio. The headlights and lights on the wheels turn on via switches on the side of the car, a buzzer is connected to a button on the wheel to act like a horn and a light sensor in the back turns on siren lights in the back when it senses darkness. The video below shows how the headlights turn on and off with a switch.