Wands are cool, right? That's what Trinity, Adele, and April were thinking of our recent littleBits Workshop, down at the Core Electronics Knowledge Factory. Their inspiration for this project came straight from the films, in particular, the magic wands that Harry and co use throughout the Saga.
They went a bit above a typical wand though, using a pressure sensor alongside a fan, buzzer, and bar graph to make their wand light up and even shoot sparks if you held it right! (It was actually some tissue paper attached to the fan, not real sparks)
Using some blue tack and a 30cm wooden ruler. They attached all their bits along the length of the ruler, with the Fan being mounted upright at the end. It was an awesome project that's going straight into the Magic of Invention challenge for littleBits!
Step 2: Create!
Assemble the parts in whatever order you require! LittleBits makes it so easy to be creative with your project. Our 3 Makers at the Knowledge Factory used a pressure sensor attached directly to the power module to control the entire wand; if you didn't hold it right it wouldn't work!
Step 3: Remix!
Once the circuit was built with littleBits, the challenge was to fix it to something so it looked and worked like a wand. To get our wand assembled we grabbed a 30cm Ruler from the craft kit in the Knowledge Factory and used a ton of blue tack on each of the littleBits joins to hold it in place.
Finally, we needed to jazz up the fan on the end of the ruler to show off us shooting things from the wand. We used some tissue paper as it was lightweight and would react to the fan.